Minnesota's confirmed coronavirus cases jump to 115

This number does not reflect the actual number of cases in Minnesota, as testing is limited.
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There are now 115 of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Minnesota, a jump of 26 on the 89 reported on Thursday though with many more tests having been carried out.

The updated figure from the Minnesota Department of Health represents the number of confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. Thursday.

Counties with confirmed cases are as follows: Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Chisago, Clay, Dakota, Filmore, Hennepin, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Rice, Scott, Stearns, Waseca, Washington, Wright. (Yesterday's county list contained Wadena County, but the Health Department later said this was a mistake).

Gov. Tim Walz had said Friday morning to expect the total number of cases "to jump way up," and while an increase of 26 is larger than any single day seen since the outbreak started, the Department of Health did conduct significantly more tests than it has in a single day so far.

The health department tested 818 samples on Thursday for a total of 3,856, though this doesn't include negative test results from independent locations like the Mayo Clinic. 

That said, health officials have been saying for days now that the total number of cases is significantly higher than the confirmed number because of limited testing and because community transmission has been found in the state.

Testing for COVID-19 is now being limited to those requiring hospitalization, healthcare workers, and those in "congregant living situations," such as long-term care homes.

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Those with symptoms who don't require hospitalization and aren't healthcare workers/long-term care residents are being told to isolate themselves and manage their symptoms at home.

You can find guidance on what to do in the event you have any kind of respiratory symptoms here.

Here's how the numbers have risen in the past week:

  • Friday - 14 total
  • Saturday - 21 total
  • Sunday - 35 total
  • Monday - 54 total
  • Tuesday - 60 total
  • Wednesday - 77 total
  • Thursday - 89 total
  • Friday - 115 total

You can see an interactive map of estimated totals for every Minnesota county right here

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