1 new case reported in Steele County; other area counties remain steady
One new lab-confirmed COVID-19 case was reported in Steele County on Thursday, though numbers remained steady in all other area counties, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Steele County has now had 16 cases; Freeborn County, 34 cases; Mower County, 28; Waseca County, 4; and Faribault County, 5.
According to the Freeborn County Public Health Department, out of Freeborn County’s total number of cases, 23 are recovered and out of isolation.
Statewide, total positive cases grew by 492 to 5,136. Of the total cases, 2,172 people have recovered and no longer need isolation, and 343 people have died, an increase in 24 from the previous day.
The Minnesota Department of Health stated 365 people are hospitalized as of today, including 130 in intensive care.
Of the state’s total cases since mid-March, about one in five people have been hospitalized. The average age of hospitalized cases is 63, though ages have ranged from a less than 1 month old to 102 years of age.
The state department states 21% of all lab-confirmed positive cases have been 70 or older. The next highest age group, representing 17% of cases, has been 30 to 39 years of age.
The highest number of cases have been reported in Hennepin County, with 1,738 cases and 225 deaths, followed by Nobles County, with 742 cases.
The department stated 70,276 tests have been completed, including 12,163 through the Minnesota Department of Health’s public health lab and 58,113 through external laboratories.
The Minnesota Department of Health has expanded the list of COVID-19 symptoms to include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste and smell.
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