Two-dozen more dead from COVID-19 in Minnesota; more deaths listed as 'probable'

The newest data now includes probable deaths caused by COVID-19.
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Two-dozen more Minnesotans have succumbed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to Wednesday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 

The 24 new deaths bring the statewide total to 638. 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.

The latest figures, which includes testing and deaths reported between 4 p.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday, featured 3,517 diagnostic tests resulting in 431 samples testing positive for COVID-19. 

Since the first case in Minnesota was reported March 6, there have been a total of 12,917 patients who have tested positive and 8,787 patients who no longer need to be isolated. The total includes patients who have died. 

One of the key metrics over the course of the outbreak is the state's ICU capacity. As of Tuesday, 961 ICU beds were in use. The state's maximum ICU capacity is 2,596. As of today, 199 of the ICU beds in use are COVID-19 patients. You can track the hospital capacity here.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers 

  • Tests: 122,035 (up from 120,834)
  • Confirmed cases: 12,917 (up from 12,494)
  • Deaths: 638 (up from 614)
  • Still hospitalized: 494 (down from 496)
  • Patients in intensive care: 199 (no change from previous day).
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 8,786 (up from 8,223)

Hennepin County has had 426 deaths from 4,183 confirmed cases to lead the state. Other counties to exceed 1,000 cases include Stearns County (1,558), Nobles County (1,290), and Ramsey County (1,124). 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can find guidance on what to do and where to get tested here.

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