Minnesota COVID-19 deaths pass 800; local cases continue to rise
Published 11:34 am Thursday, May 21, 2020
COVID-19 deaths across Minnesota passed 800 Thursday with the highest number of deaths reported thus far in a single day during the pandemic.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there have been 809 people who have died from the virus, up 32 from the previous day. The new deaths were in Anoka, Clay, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties.
Of the total deaths, 663 have been people who resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities.
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Locally, new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in Faribault, Freeborn, Mower and Steele counties.
Faribault County had one new case, pushing its total to 11 cases, and Freeborn County had five new cases, increasing its total to 73.
The Freeborn County Public Health Department said the county’s new cases included one person under 10, three people in their 20s and one person in their 50s.
Of the total cases in the county, seven have now been hospitalized at some time during their illness. Information is not available about the number of patients who have recovered locally.
The state health department said Mower County had 10 new cases, increasing its total to 87, and Steele County had six new cases, pushing its total to 122.
Statewide, there have now been 18,200 cases, up 539 from the previous day. Of that total, 566 are hospitalized, including 229 in intensive care.
The highest number of cases in the state have been reported in Hennepin County, with 6,029 cases and 502 deaths. Ramsey County has had 1,925, and Stearns County has had 1,853.
The state department stated 173,556 tests have been completed, including 19,720 through the state’s public health lab and 153,836 through external laboratories.
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