ST PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 1,994 new COVID-19 cases Monday, along with two additional deaths.
MDH's COVID-19 case definition includes both antigen testing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. Positive PCR test results are considered confirmed cases, while positive antigen test results are considered probable cases.
Monday's new case total includes 1,666 confirmed cases and 328 probable cases.
The total number of Minnesotans who have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began is now 544,046, with 33,771 of those as antigen test results.
MDH says two new deaths from the virus were reported. The total number of fatalities in Minnesota is 6,959.
To date, 28,255 Minnesotans have been hospitalized with the coronavirus since the pandemic started, with 5,781 of them needing care in the ICU.
MDH reports that 518,658 people once diagnosed with the virus have passed the point where they are required to isolate.
Of those who have tested positive, people between the ages of 20-24 account for the most cases with 53,208 cases and four deaths, and ages 25-29 follow with 48,424 cases and six deaths. Those between 85 and 89 years old account for the highest number of fatalities in one age group with 1,298 out of 6,541 diagnosed cases.
In terms of likely exposure to the coronavirus, MDH says 124,920
cases were the result of community transmission with no known contact with an infected person, and 113,622 had known contact with a person who has a confirmed case.
A total of 40,868 cases involved exposure in a congregate care setting,
8,464 were in a corrections setting, and 1,237 were in a homeless shelter. MDH data shows 20,769 were linked to an outbreak outside of congregate living or health care.
MDH says 38,135 cases were linked to travel. Health care workers or patients account for 15,638 diagnosed COVID-19 cases. The source of transmission for 180,393 cases is still unknown or missing.
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 or even asymptomatic to be tested. Testing locations can be found online.
Hennepin County has had the most COVID activity in the state with 113,380 cases and 1,672 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with 46,957 cases and 847 deaths, Dakota County with 41,493 cases and 415 deaths, and Anoka County with 37,550 cases and 413 deaths.
Full data, including a breakdown of PCR and antigen test totals in some categories, can be found on MDH's website.
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.
The first case in Minnesota was confirmed on March 6, 2020.
Wisconsin's Department of Health Services (WDHS) reported 402 new cases Monday, bringing the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 585,710.
Wisconsin reported three new deaths, bringing the state's total to 6,680. That's about 1.1% of people who had the virus.
All Wisconsin residents 16 years and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as of April 5. To find a local vaccine provider, go to the COVID-19 vaccine provider map or visit the Vaccine Finder website.
More than two million Wisconsin residents have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
Wisconsin health officials say a total of 28,174 people have been hospitalized from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, about 4.8% of the total number of people who have been diagnosed with the virus.
On March 31, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down a statewide mask mandate ordered by Gov. Tony Evers, ruling that Evers exceeded his authority by extending the mandate for months through emergency orders.
Of the confirmed cases in Wisconsin, 18.7% involve people between the ages of 20 to 29, 15.6% are between 30 and 39, 15.2% are between 50 and 59, and 14.2% are 40 to 49. An estimated 11.7% are between 10 and 19, and 10.9% are between 60 and 69.
As of Monday, Milwaukee County reported the largest number of confirmed cases with 102,440, along with 1,271 deaths. Dane County has reported 43,061 confirmed cases and 290 deaths, Waukesha County has reported 42,661 confirmed cases and 506 deaths, and Brown County has reported 30,970 cases and 234 deaths.
A more detailed breakdown of cases by county can be found on the DHS website.
The first positive case of COVID-19 in Wisconsin was reported in a patient in Dane County in early February 2020.
On Feb. 18, WDHS announced that it will be launching a new service that will let people know when and where they can get vaccinated as well as allow them to schedule an appointment. The Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry started on March 1.
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