34% of Minn. COVID-19 cases have happened through community spread
1 new case reported in Freeborn County
More than 34% of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota have happened as a result of community spread of the virus, according to updated data released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Health.
The state agency said exposure to a confirmed case led to 23.53% of cases, while travel to another state accounted for 17.04%.
The department said cases statewide rose to 986, up 51 from the previous day. Out of all of the cases, 470 have recovered and are out of isolation, while 30 people have died.
One hundred fifteen people are hospitalized as of today, including 57 in intensive care. The median age of the people who are hospitalized is 63.
Freeborn County saw an increase in one case, bringing the total to 11 cases, while other neighboring counties remained the same: 17 cases in Mower County, eight in Steele, three in Faribault, three in Waseca and 10 in Dodge.
The Freeborn County Public Health Department said the new case was a person in their 50s, as were the three new cases reported on Saturday.
“Everyone needs to continue to be very careful about how well they wash their hands, and make sure they stay home as much as possible,” said Sue Yost, Freeborn County Public Health director. “If you need something at the grocery store, one person from the household should go to the store, not the entire family or household.”
There were 280 cases reported in Hennepin County alone, followed by Olmsted and Ramsey counties, both at 96 each.
Numbers include data through 4 p.m. Sunday. Not all suspected cases of COVID-19 are tested, so this data is not representative of the total number of people in Minnesota who have or had COVID-19.
The Department of Health stated 28,128 tests have been completed in Minnesota, including 8,876 through the Department of Health’s public health lab and 19,252 from external laboratories.
The Freeborn County Public Health Department said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending everyone wears a cloth face cover when going out in public to get essential supplies. The purpose is to protect other people in case you are infected but asymptomatic.
People should not use facemasks intended for health care workers, and the face mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
For COVID-19 testing, patients must call the COVID Triage Nurse Line at 507-668-212 during business hours and 507-373-2384 24 hours per day, seven days per week to be assessed. They will be directed to the next step that is appropriate for their symptoms.
If a person has a sudden change in their health such as sudden onset of chest pain, difficulty breathing, etc., call 911.
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