Nineteen more people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, which marks a new daily high as the death toll from the new coronavirus is up to 179.
The rise in deaths comes as 154 more patients have tested positive for the virus, which brings the statewide total to 2,721, of which 1,317 have recovered.
The figures are updated as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, which is the cut-off point for Wednesday's reporting period. More than 1,600 tests were performed during the 24-hour period, which is more about twice as many as were conducted the day before.
- Confirmed cases: 2,721 (up from 2,567)
- Deaths: 179 (up from 160)
- Total hospitalized: 660 (up from 629)
- Still hospitalized: 240 (up from 237)
- Patients in intensive care: 107 (down from 117).
- Patient recoveries: 1,317 (up from 1,254).
One of the hot spots of outbreak in Minnesota is at a JBS pork plant in Worthington, which has fueled a spike in the number of positive tests in Nobles County, which has gone from 36 confirmed cases last Friday to 126 today, including one death.
Hennepin County had had 113 deaths from 1,073 confirmed cases.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, headache, chills, or sore throat – should self-quarantine for at least seven days, or until going without a fever for 72 hours (without fever-reducing medication), according to guidance from the state health department.
Because of widespread community transmission, there are many more assumed cases of COVID-19 – possibly 100 times the number of confirmed cases – that cannot be formally diagnosed due to 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 54, while the average age of persons who have died from the disease is 83.
You can find guidance on what to do in the event you have any kind of respiratory symptoms here.