UPDATE 1:15 P.M.
Here are the updates to Minnesota's latest COVID-19 cases provided during the Minnesota Department of Health's 1 p.m. media briefing.
Comments are from MDH director of infectious diseases Kris Ehresmann.
– 12 new cases found in following counties: Hennepin 4, Rice, 1, Carver 1, Wadena 1, Anoka 3, Martin 1, Mower 1.
– All 12 cases are outpatients who have not required hospitalization.
– No COVID deaths in Minnesota.
– 89 total cases represent the "tip of the iceberg."
– "We really believe there is widespread community transmission of COVID around the state."
– Four out of 89 cases still hospitalized.
There are now 89 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, a rise from the 77 reported on Wednesday.
The updated figure from the Minnesota Department of Health represents the number of confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Counties with confirmed cases are as follows: Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Rice, Scott, Stearns, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Wright.
These are the first cases reported in Wadena, Mower and Rice counties.
The health department tested 276 of samples on Wednesday for a total of 3,038, though this doesn't include negative test results from independent locations like the Mayo Clinic.
That marks a significant reduction in the number of tests being carried out compared to Wednesday's update, when 426 cases had been conducted, and comes amid statewide rationing due to a lack of testing kits and supplies.
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.
As such, the number of confirmed cases does not reflect the actual total in Minnesota, with MDH infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann saying with testing limited and community transmission now happening, the total number is likely much higher.
Those 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:
- Thursday - 9 total
- Friday - 14 total
- Saturday - 21 total
- Sunday - 35 total
- Monday - 54 total
- Tuesday - 60 total
- Wednesday - 77 total
- Thursday - 89 total
You can see an interactive map of estimated totals for every Minnesota county right here.