MDH reports 45 new COVID-19 deaths, 9,040 new cases in latest data from past 2 days

The Minnesota Department of Health on Saturday reported a total of 45 new deaths from COVID-19, as well as 9,040 newly reported positive COVID-19 tests from Thursday and Friday.

According to MDH, because of the holiday, the numbers released on Saturday reflect the data for Thursday and Friday.

Of the 9,040 newly reported cases, 466 of them are noted as probable cases, according to MDH. A total of 6,095 probable cases have been reported since antigen testing began in September.

So far, 3,521 people have died of the coronavirus in Minnesota. Sixty-eight of those deaths are listed as probable COVID-19 deaths. Of the total deaths reported as of Saturday, 2,378 were in long-term care facilities.

To date, 16,423 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Minnesota and 3,638 patients have been in the ICU.

According to MDH, the newly reported positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota reported on Saturday moved the state’s total to 304,023 cases since pandemic record-keeping began.

A total of 257,485 patients have recovered, or are recovering, and no longer need isolation, according to MDH.

As of Saturday, more than 4.1 million COVID-19 tests have been completed in Minnesota.

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According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the virus has infected more than 61 million people worldwide and killed over 1.4 million people.

About 39.6 million people worldwide have recovered as of Saturday.

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."