The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) confirmed Friday that 4 people have now died of complications from the coronavirus, and updated the number of cases testing positive to 398.
The number of positive tests is up from 346 Thursday. The "Stay at Home" executive order that kicks in at 11:59 p.m. Friday is projected to push the number of positive tests out over a longer period of time, as to keep Minnesota's health care system and hospitals from being overwhelmed.
MDH has stressed that positive test numbers do not represent the actual total number of cases in the state, since they know there is community spread. The agency keeps an updated map and list of positive cases identified in each county here. Hennepin County has the most as of March 27, with 141.
The total cases requiring hospitalization is 51. Another 34 remain hospitalized. MDH says 180 patients no longer need to be isolated.
The approximate number tests completed by the MDH Public Health Lab is 6,929.
The approximate number of tests completed by external laboratories 7,074.
MDH has said that some health care workers are among those who have tested positive.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has issued a "Stay at Home" order, directing people to stay home except for essential travel and activities.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin's Department of Health Services reports 842 total positive cases as of March 27, up from 707 the day before. The number of Wisconsin residents who have died from COVID-19 is now up to 13.
Wisconsin DHS says 13,140 tests have come back negative.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a "safer at home" order that keeps residents at their homes except for essential activities, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Milwaukee County has the most cases with 411, followed by Dane County with 133 and Waukesha County with 61. A more detailed breakdown 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, and the second case was confirmed March 8. The third was confirmed March 10, an Anoka County resident in their 30s, who was reported to be in critical condition.
"When we have identified community transmission, that means we know that the number of cases that we are reporting is fewer than actually exists," said MDH Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann. "We know we are going to see spread in Minnesota, and we knew we were going to have community transmission. Our goal continues to be to slow down the spread of this disease so that our health care systems and our infrastructure are better able to address it."
The state of Minnesota has set up a hotline for general questions about COVID-19 at 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903. The hotline will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
MDH has a hotline for school and childcare questions: 651-297-1304
MDH maintains a regularly updated webpage with "Situation Updates," including the status of "persons under investigation" who are being tested. MDH also has a larger COVID-19 coronavirus information page, with links to additional facts and resources about coronavirus.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services also keeps this page updated with numbers of tested cases, and those that tested positive, along with more information for Wisconsin residents.
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