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MDH: 17 new deaths, 1,732 newly reported COVID-19 positive cases

MDH: 17 new deaths, 1,732 newly reported COVID-19 positive cases Photo: KSTP-TV.

Tommy Wiita
Created: October 18, 2020 11:19 AM

The Minnesota Department of Health on Sunday reported 17 new deaths from COVID-19, as well as 1,732 newly reported positive COVID-19 tests. 

Of the 1,732 newly reported cases, 17 of them are noted as probable cases, according to MDH. 

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So far, 2,234 people have died of the coronavirus in Minnesota. Ten of those deaths are also listed as probable COVID-19 deaths.

To date, 8,866 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Minnesota and 2,405 patients have been in the ICU.

According to MDH, the 1,732 newly reported positive COVID-19 tests in Minnesota on Sunday moved the state's total to 122,812 since pandemic record-keeping began. The number came after more than 30,000 tests were processed Saturday.

This past week, MDH started reporting positive cases from antigen testing, which began in September. A total of 288 probable cases have been reported since antigen testing began. 

A total of 108,316 patients have recovered, or are recovering, and no longer need isolation, according to MDH.

As of Sunday, over 2.5 million Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19.

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See the full Minnesota COVID-19 situation update here.

According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the virus has infected more than 39 million people worldwide and killed over 1.1 million people.

About 27.3 million people worldwide have recovered as of Friday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients with confirmed COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory problems, with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some patients report having muscle aches, headache, sore throat, and/or chills and shaking.

Note: According to MDH - "Because all data are preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths."


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