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Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 update

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 update

Updated: May 28, 2020 01:07 PM

Minnesota health officials report 493 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with 35 new deaths. The Minnesota Department of Health says 27 of the new deaths were in a Long-term care facility or assisted living facility. According to the MDH, 967 Minnesotans have died from the virus. The total number of cases has grown to 22,947. 

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Health officials add not all suspected cases of COVID-19 have been tested, so the data "is not representative of the total number of people in Minnesota who have or have had COVID-19."

Visit the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 webpage

According to MDH, of the 932 confirmed deaths, 787 have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Of the positive cases, MDH says 2,549 are health care workers, an increase of 62 cases in the last 24-hours. There are 16,655 patients that no longer need isolation. Approximately 2,880 Minnesotans have required hospitalization since the pandemic began. There are currently 606 patients hospitalized across the state, with 242 in intensive care units.

Health officials continue to increase testing across the state. They have completed approximately 225,208 tests as of Thursday. Health care workers were able to test over 8,400 Minnesotans in the 24-hour period. That is the highest number of tests completed so far.

Here is the breakdown of cases in the Northland according to the Minnesota Department of Health as of Thursday, May 28:

Aitkin County, MN: 7 cases 
Beltrami County, MN: 14 cases (1 new case)
Carlton County, MN: 73 cases 
Cass County, MN: 13 cases (2 fatal) (1 new case) 
Crow Wing County, MN: 59 cases (1 fatal) (1 new case)
Itasca County, MN: 54 cases (8 fatal)  (1 new case, 1 new fatality)
Koochiching County, MN: 7 cases 
Lake County, MN: 1 case
Pine County, MN: 89 cases (4 new cases)
St. Louis County, MN: 117 cases (14 fatal) (2 new cases, 1 new fatality)

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering reports 1,709,996 cases of COVID-19 in the US. Approximately 5.9 million people have been infected worldwide with roughly 357,000 deaths as of 5/28/20 12:30 PM. Medical personnel have conducted over 15 million tests in the United States so far.

COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus that has not been found in people before. Scientists continue to work on learning more about this new virus. 

According to the CDC, 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, chills, and/or diarrhea.

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