MDH reports 3 new COVID-19 deaths, 995 new cases

Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported three new deaths from COVID-19, as well as 995 newly reported positive COVID-19 tests.

So far, 1,988 people have died of the coronavirus in Minnesota, including 1,435 in long-term care and assisted living facilities.

To date, 7,335 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Minnesota.

According to MDH, the 995 newly reported positive COVID-19 tests in Minnesota on Thursday brought the state’s total to 93,012 since pandemic record-keeping began.

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A total of 83,862 patients have recovered, or are recovering, and no longer need isolation, according to MDH.

As of Thursday, approximately 1,895,302 tests have been completed in Minnesota and 1,336,851 people have been tested.

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 31.9 million people worldwide and killed about 977,624 people.

About 22 million people worldwide have recovered 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 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."

Additionally, MDH issued the following note Thursday about its hospitalization data:

As of 9/24, changes to hospitalization data more clearly show how many people in Minnesota required admission to a hospital and ICU.

  • “Total hospitalizations” and “Cases admitted to a hospital” include both ICU and non-ICU admissions.
  • Admission dates are when the case was first admitted to the hospital. In most cases, the original admission was for COVID.
  • Cases hospitalized before they were diagnosed with COVID also use original admission dates. This is the reason for admission dates before the first case was identified in Minnesota.