Walz says Minnesota will report record COVID deaths Thursday

More bad news coming for Minnesota.

A day before new restrictions go into effect, Minnesota will report record deaths from COVID-19.

That's according to Gov. Tim Walz, who told Minnesota's Executive Council worrying numbers will be reported during the 11 a.m. update, including 76 deaths (Note: It has since been confirmed as 72).

The Minnesota Department of Health will report more than 8,000 new positive COVID-19 cases, and 76 deaths.

The previous record for single day cases was this past Saturday, when 8,703 positive tests were announced. It's not clear whether the cases reported on Thursday will be higher than that, but 72 deaths would break the record of 67 set on Wednesday.

Walz also said that there will be another jump in hospitalizations as well, coming a day after the total COVID-related hospitalizations jumped to 1,701, of which 355 are in the ICU.

The governor warned during his address Wednesday that Minnesota was heading into a dark few weeks, as he announced new restrictions that will close bars and restaurants to dine-in service, as well as gyms and entertainment venues, for four weeks starting 11:59 p.m. Friday.

The order also puts a four-week "pause" on youth sports, and prohibits Minnesotans gathering with anyone outside their own home.

Thursday morning, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the state has experienced an 80% increase in COVID-related hospital admissions.

Critical care capacity at hospitals in the eastern half of Minnesota is experiencing extreme demand, with the number of beds available now in the dozens as healthcare facilities handle the surge in cases, and the spread of the virus among their own staff.

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