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MDH reports highest single-day total of 32 COVID-19 deaths; MN sees 539 new cases

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, a woman holds her hand out to have blood collected for COVID-19 antibodies at a drive-thru site in Hempstead, N.Y. U.S. regulators on Monday, May 4 pulled back a decision that allowed scores of coronavirus blood tests to hit the market without first providing proof that they worked. The Food and Drug Administration said it took the action because some sellers have made false claims about the tests and their accuracy. Photo: AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File. FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, a woman holds her hand out to have blood collected for COVID-19 antibodies at a drive-thru site in Hempstead, N.Y. U.S. regulators on Monday, May 4 pulled back a decision that allowed scores of coronavirus blood tests to hit the market without first providing proof that they worked. The Food and Drug Administration said it took the action because some sellers have made false claims about the tests and their accuracy.

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Updated: May 21, 2020 11:31 AM
Created: May 21, 2020 10:06 AM

Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported 539 new positive COVID-19 cases, moving the state total to 18,200 cases. 

MDH also reported  32 new deaths, pushing the state's total to 809 total deaths. Of that overall total, 663 have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, according to MDH.

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As of Thursday, the state has completed 19,720 tests and private labs have completed 153,836 tests, MDH reported. 

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According to MDH, 2,380 total cases have required hospitalization. Of that total, 566 remained in the hospital Thursday with 229 in intensive care.

The department reports 12,488 patients no longer need to be isolated. MDH is now reporting that the number of patients who no longer need isolation represents individuals with confirmed COVID-19 who no longer need to self-isolate but no longer includes those who have died.

According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the virus has infected about 5.0 million people worldwide and killed nearly 320,000.

More than 1.9 million people worldwide are recovering as of Thursday.

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 the Minnesota Department of Health - "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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