Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health revealed a continuing trend of an increasing number of patients requiring critical care to treat the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The latest report, which represents all data submitted through 4 p.m. Monday, shows 258 patients currently in ICU, which is a new daily high and a rise of 10 from Monday's report.
It comes amid wider concern over ICU capacity in the Twin Cities, where the majority of cases are being handled, with the Star Tribune reporting on Saturday that 95 percent of ICU beds in the metro are filled with patients battling COVID and other serious conditions.
The disease has also claimed the lives of 18 more Minnesotans, bringing the state's COVID-19 death toll to 899. It's the fourth straight day with fewer than 20 deaths reported, though health officials warn that reporting over the weekend – perhaps more so on a holiday weekend – can result in reporting delays.
Of the latest deaths, 15 occurred in long-term care settings.
Some encouraging news, however, is that the total number of hospitalized COVID patients dropped from 605 to 570.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 209,898 (up from 204,059)
- Confirmed cases: 21,960 (up from 21,315)
- Deaths: 899 (up from 881)
- Still hospitalized: 570 (down from 605)
- Patients in intensive care: 258 (up from 248).
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 14,816 (up from 14,816)
There are also nine deaths likely caused by COVID-19. Those nine, identified as probable deaths, which represent victims who never received a COVID-19 test, but for whom doctors believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the virus caused their death.
Of the 899 official COVID-19 deaths, 732 were people who lived in long-term care or assisted-living facilities.
You can find your closest testing facility in Minnesota through this link.