Local COVID-19 cases remain steady; statewide cases pass 2,000
Published 11:31 am Friday, April 17, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases remained steady across south-central Minnesota on Friday though statewide numbers across the state rose above 2,000.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, cases across the state increased to 2,071, with 111 deaths now tied to COVID-19. That is an increase in 17 deaths from the previous day.
Of the total cases, 1,066 no longer need to be in isolation, and 223 are hospitalized, including 106 in intensive care.
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Not all suspected cases of COVID-19 are tested, so the data is not representative of the total number of people in Minnesota who have or had the disease.
According to the numbers, Freeborn County’s total cases decreased by one to 28, and neighboring counties remained the same: Faribault County, 4; Mower County, 25; Steele County, 9; and Waseca County, 3.
The state health department previously stated adjustments are sometimes made in numbers after investigations find that a person’s county of residence is different than what was initially reported.
The state health department indicated 25% of statewide cases had likely exposure through congregate living settings and 21% were through travel. Eighteen percent of cases are believed to have been through community spread, with no known contact with a confirmed case.
According to the state health department, 43,053 tests have been completed, including 9,855 through the Minnesota Department of Health public health lab and 33,198 through external laboratories.
Confirmed Minnesota COVID-19 cases
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