MDH: 712 new COVID-19 cases, 33 new deaths

Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported there are 712 new cases that have tested positive for COVID-19, creating a total of 26,980 cases in the state.

MDH reports there are 1,148 total deaths, with 33 additional deaths reported Friday. Of the entire total, 922 have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, MDH reported. The state health department also notes that 11 COVID-19 deaths are listed as "probable," stating COVID-19 is listed on the death certificate but a positive test is not documented for the person.

The department stated, as of Friday, the state has completed a total of 322,340 tests.

According to MDH, 3,289 total cases have required hospitalization. Of that total, 478 remained in the hospital Friday with 220 in intensive care.

MDH states 21,864 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. MDH is now reporting that the number of patients no longer needing isolation "does not include those who have died; the cumulative number was adjusted to reflect that change."

According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the virus has infected more than 6.6 million people worldwide and killed about 392,321.

More than 2.8 million people worldwide have recovered as of Friday.

Some other notes on the latest report from MDH include the following:

  • Due to civil unrest in St. Paul and surrounding areas, the MDH Public Health Lab was closed from May 30 to June 1. COVID-19 specimens were not accepted and no tests were run during this time. When possible, samples were re-routed to partner laboratories.
  • Results from April 24 and June 3 included a backlog of tests loaded into MDH’s system. Previously, they were not updating tests reported for past dates; going forward, they will be updating that historical data.
  • Results from May 4 and 5 were impacted by a technical glitch and 2,000 tests were reported on May 5 rather than May 4. With the update on Friday, these tests are counted on the correct date rather than a day later.

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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