Minnesota's coronavirus count now stands at 235

This number does not reflect the actual number of cases in Minnesota, as testing is limited.
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UPDATE 2:15 p.m.

Here are the updates from the 2 p.m. media call with Gov. Tim Walz and state health leaders.

– 21 patients in MN have been hospitalized: 12 currently, 5 in ICU, 9 released.

– There were 982 people tested for COVID-19 on Sunday.

– Gov. Walz, who is quarantined after a security staffer contracted COVID-19, has no symptoms and has not taken a test, per state protocol.

– Schools won't close for rest of year yet, but Walz says "if situation evolves it may become necessary to do that."

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There are now 235 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Minnesota, a rise of 66 on the 169 cases on Sunday.

The updated figure from the Minnesota Department of Health represents the number of confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. Sunday. It's the biggest single day jump seen since the outbreak began, rising 39 percent in a day.

There has been a single death confirmed so far, with a Ramsey County resident in their 80s dying from the virus on Thursday.

The health department conducted 982 tests on Sunday for a total of 5,662. That's the largest number of tests carried out in a single day so far in Minnesota.

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.

Among the counties getting its first case is Sherburne, which has said the patient is 33 years old and contracted the disease via community transmission.

Gov. Tim Walz is expected to provide an update on Minnesota's coronavirus mitigation efforts at a press conference on Monday.

He will join via conference call after entering self-quarantine because a staff member he had been in contact with his tested positive for coronavirus.

MDH is currently working on modeling to provide estimates of how widespread COVID-19 is in Minnesota.

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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:

  • Monday - 54 total
  • Tuesday - 60 total
  • Wednesday - 77 total
  • Thursday - 89 total
  • Friday - 115 total
  • Saturday - 137 total
  • Sunday - 169 total
  • Monday - 235 total

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

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