Another 214 patients in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. That brings that statewide total since March 6 to 3,816.
Of those positive tests, 286 patients have died – an increase of 14 from Sunday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health. More than 1,800 patients have recovered from the virus.
There were 2,281 tests conducted in the 24 hours that ended 4 p.m. Sunday, which comes amid a ramp-up of the state's testing capability and as such we're seeing higher numbers of cases. It's the fifth straight day the state has conducted at least 2,200 tests.
A collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota is expected to have the state testing 20,000 patients per day within 2-4 weeks. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said last week not to be surprised if the number of confirmed cases in a single day reaches 1,000 as testing is rolled out.
- Confirmed cases: 3,816 (up from 3,602)
- Deaths: 286 (up from 272)
- Total hospitalized: 861 (up from 829)
- Still hospitalized: 292 (up from 285)
- Patients in intensive care: 122 (up from 115).
- Patient recoveries: 1,842 (up from 1,774).
Hennepin County has had 188 deaths from 1,416 confirmed cases to lead the state, but the second-leading county for positive tests is Nobles County, which has seen its case total leap to 399 from an outbreak at a now-closed JBS pork plant in Worthington.
Because of widespread community transmission, there are many more assumed cases of COVID-19 – possibly 100 times the number of confirmed cases – that thus far have not been formally diagnosed because of testing limitations.
The age range for confirmed cases has been as young as 4 weeks old to 104 years old, with a median age of 52, while the average age of persons who have died from the disease is 86. The youngest person to die from the disease in Minnesota was 44 years old.