The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 589 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total number of Minnesotans who have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began to 40,163.
MDH says another five Minnesotans have died of complications from the virus during the past day, bringing the total number of fatalities in the state to 1,490.
Minnesota hospitals are currently treating 251patients for the coronavirus, with 116 of them dealing with symptoms serious enough to require care in the ICU.
MDH reports that 35,193 people once diagnosed with the virus have recovered enough that they no longer require isolation.
Of those who have tested positive, people between the ages of 20-29 account for the most cases with 8,990 cases and two deaths, and those ages 30-39 follow with 7,702 cases and 11 deaths. Those between 80 and 89 years old account for the highest number of fatalities in one age group, at 511, out of 1,628 confirmed cases.
In terms of likely exposure to the coronavirus, MDH says 7,194 cases involved exposure in a congregate living setting, 527 were in a corrections setting, and 181 were in a homeless shelter. A total of 7,574 cases had known contact with a person who has a confirmed case, 8,583 cases had community transmission with no known contact with an infected person, and 5,255 were linked to an outbreak outside of congregate living or health care.
MDH says 2,123 cases were linked to travel. Health care workers or patients account for 2,768 of diagnosed COVID-19 cases.
MDH has prioritized testing for people in congregate care, hospitalized patients and health care workers, which may impact the scale of those numbers. However, now MDH is urging anyone who is symptomatic to be tested, along with anyone who attended recent protests or gatherings, even if they're not symptomatic. Testing locations can be found online.
Hennepin County has the most cases in the state at 12,867, with 789 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with 5,066 cases and 230 deaths. Dakota County reports 2,524 cases and 94 deaths.
The Minnesota Department of Health has said repeatedly that the number of lab-confirmed cases is only the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to the true number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
The state of Minnesota has set up a data portal at mn.gov/covid19.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin's Department of Health Services reported 754 new cases Thursday, its largest single-day number of cases since the pandemic began, pushing the total number statewide to 33,908. Health officials announced two additional deaths Thursday, bringing the total number of fatalities statewide to 809.
Wisconsin health officials say a total of 3,726 people have been hospitalized with complications from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, roughly 11% of the total number of people who have been diagnosed with the virus. Health officials say 2.4% of those testing positive have died.
Of the confirmed cases in Wisconsin, 24% involve people between the ages of 20 to 29, 18% are between 30 and 39, 15% are between 40 and 49, and 14% are 50 to 59. An estimated 9% are between 60 and 69 and 8% are between 10-19.
Milwaukee County reports the largest number of cases with 13,004 and 397 deaths. Brown County reports 3,123 cases and 43 deaths, while Dane County has registered 2,652 cases and 33 deaths.
A more detailed breakdown of cases by county can be found on the DHS website.
The first positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus in Wisconsin was reported in a patient in Dane County in early February.
The first case in Minnesota was confirmed on March 6.
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