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Live updates: Minnesota Department of Health reports 871 new cases

Here are the latest updates on COVID-19 in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

ST PAUL, Minn. — Sunday, July 26

2:30 p.m.

The Wisconsin's Department of Health Services reported 957 new cases Sunday as the total number of confirmed cases rose to 48,827. 

Health officials announced one new death Sunday, raising the total number of fatalities statewide to 892. That's just under 2% of those testing positive for the virus.

Wisconsin health officials say a total of 4,394 people have been hospitalized for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, roughly 9% of the total number of people who have been diagnosed with the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases in Wisconsin, 25% involve people between the ages of 20 to 29, 17% are between 30 and 39, 14% are between 40 and 49, and 13% are 50 to 59. An estimated 9% are between 60 and 69, and 9% are between 10 and 19.

As of Friday, Milwaukee County reported the largest number of cases with 18,140 and 427 deaths. Dane County reports 3,831 cases and 33 deaths, while Brown County has registered 3,766 cases and 50 deaths.

11:30 a.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced Sunday that the number of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Minnesota has increased by 871 bringing the cumulative total to 51,153.

Three more people also died, bringing the death total to 1,574.

Health officials say 1,205 deaths have taken place in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Of the three new deaths, one occurred in long-term care and two at private residences.

MDH also said Sunday that the total number of tests taken is at 957,374.

Health officials also say 4,920 total cases have required hospitalization. Of the total cases as of Sunday, 217 people remained in the hospital with 115 patients in intensive care. 

MDH says 44,431 people no longer need to be isolated.

Of those who have tested positive, people between the ages of 20-29 account for the most cases with 12,126 cases and three deaths, and those ages 30-39 follow with 9,500 cases and 12 deaths. Those between 80 and 89 years old account for the highest number of fatalities in one age group at 532, out of 1,778 confirmed cases.

In terms of likely exposure to the coronavirus, MDH says 7,857 cases involved exposure in a congregate living setting, 648 were in a corrections setting, and 207 were in a homeless shelter. A total of 10,018 cases had known contact with a person who has a confirmed case, 11,232 cases had community transmission with no known contact with an infected person, and 5,601 were linked to an outbreak outside of congregate living or health care.

MDH says 3,525 cases were linked to travel. Health care workers or patients account for 3,618 of diagnosed COVID-19 cases.

Hennepin County has the most cases in the state at 16,316, with 807 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with 6,253 cases and 254 deaths. Dakota County reports 3,475 cases and 102 deaths.

Saturday, July 25

  • MDH reports additional 805 COVID-19 cases, five new deaths
  • Wisconsin case count has risen by 953, deaths have risen by 13

2 p.m.

Wisconsin's Department of Health Services reported 953 new cases Saturday as the total number of confirmed cases rose to 47,870. Health officials announced 13 new deaths Saturday, raising the total number of fatalities statewide to 891. That's just under 2% of those testing positive for the virus.

Wisconsin health officials say a total of 4,368 people have been hospitalized for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, roughly 9.1% of the total number of people who have been diagnosed with the virus. 

Of the confirmed cases in Wisconsin, 26% involve people between the ages of 20 to 29, 17% are between 30 and 39, 14% are between 40 and 49, and 13% are 50 to 59. An estimated 9% are between 60 and 69, and 9% are between 10 and 19.

A more detailed breakdown of cases by county can be found on the DHS website.

11 a.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 805 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the total number of Minnesotans who have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began to 50,291.

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 1,571.

Minnesota hospitals are currently treating 287 patients for the coronavirus, with 115 of them dealing with symptoms serious enough to require care in the ICU.

MDH reports that 43,625 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 11,900 cases and three deaths, and those ages 30-39 follow with 9,316 cases and 12 deaths. Those between 80 and 89 years old account for the highest number of fatalities in one age group at 531, out of 1,765 confirmed cases.

Hennepin County has the most cases in the state at 16,067, with 806 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with 6,164 cases and 253 deaths. Dakota County reports 3,386 cases and 102 deaths.

Friday, July 24

  • MDH reports second straight day of COVID-19 cases exceeding 700
  • Statewide indoor mask mandate to begin Saturday 
  • Masks will be required in public indoor settings, like stores and restaurants
  • MDH cautions about scammers asking for credit card information for testing kits

2 p.m.

Minnesota's new mask mandate begins at 11:59 p.m. tonight. In a conference call with reporters, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Commissioner Jan Malcolm wanted to remind Minnesotans that there are exemptions, including for people with medical or mental health conditions, or those under the age of five. Full details on the mask mandate can be found online at staysafe.mn.gov.

Malcolm was asked by a reporter about the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in California despite a standing mask mandate, and why officials here think masks will make a difference.

"We think masks are very effective tools and we feel it will make a difference in Minnesota," Malcolm said, though she cautioned that masking isn't by itself "isn't an answer, we still need to adhere to other guidance," including social distancing and avoiding close contact in large groups for long periods of time.

MDH Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann also cautioned that it will take time to see any impact of the mask mandate in the data, likely at least 21 days.

On current case numbers, Malcolm says median ages for coronavirus cases in Minnesota continue to fall, dropping to 36.0 years, down by more than one year in a week, and four years lower than a month ago.

Malcolm said the testing positivity rate is down slightly to 4.7%, from 4.9% a week earlier; however those stats are reported on a one week delay.

Minnesota Department of Administration Commissioner Alice Roberts-Davis said there continues to be high demand nationwide for personal protective equipment (PPE) for health and front line workers; however Roberts-Davis says she is not currently concerned about Minnesota's available supply in a state warehouse. 

"The state is in a considerably better position than we were four months ago," Roberts-Davis said.

Roberts-Davis says gloves that meet appropriate standards are one of the more difficult items to obtain. She said the state is waiting for about 2 million N-95 respirators that have been specifically ordered to have proper fittings for front line workers.

Also on the conference call, MDH Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann warned Minnesotans about potential scams involving coronavirus testing. Ehresmann said they're received reports of people receiving a call claiming to be outreach for contract tracing, saying a person was exposed and needs to be tested; however, the caller then requests a credit card number to send a testing kit. Ehresmann said while it is true that MDH does reach out to some people about their exposure, and may not be able to disclose the contact source, MDH will never ask for money or credit card information.

11 a.m. 

New data shared Friday by the Minnesota Department of Health
(MDH) reflects what appears to be an upward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

MDH reports 773 new cases diagnosed in the past 24-hour reporting period based on 16,789 tests completed in state and private labs. It's the second straight day of cases exceeding 700, and the daily average from Monday to Wednesday was just under 600. In total, 49,488 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Minnesota since the onset of the pandemic. 

Five more people died of complications from COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities in the state to 1,566. Of that number, 1,199 people, or 77%, were residing in long-term or assisted living facilities. 

Hospitals in Minnesota are currently caring for 278 patients, 108 with symptoms serious enough to require treatment in the ICU. The total number is a bit lower than Thursday.

Health officials say 42,882 people at one time diagnosed with the virus have recovered enough to no longer require isolation. 

People between the ages of 20 and 29 continue to make up the largest group of COVID-19 cases with 11,697. Three people in that demographic have died. Those between 30 and 39 account for 9,178 cases and 12 deaths, while those between 80 and 80 comprise just 1,754 cases but 528 deaths. That is 34% of Minnesota's total.

Hennepin County reports the most cases, with 15,810 and 805 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with 6,070 and 253 deaths. Dakota County health officials report 3,324 cases and 102 fatalities. 

Thursday, July 23

11 a.m. 

The number of Minnesotans requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 continues a slow but steady climb, according to numbers released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Thursday.

Hospitals across Minnesota are currently caring for 282 patients, with 107 requiring treatment in the ICU. That marks the third straight day total hospitalizations have increased, and while the numbers are not dramatic they reflect concern of state health officials that Minnesotans may be letting down their guard in the fight against the coronavirus.

MDH reports 763 new cases of the virus based on 16,676 tests processed in state and private labs. Those new cases bring to 48,721 the number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. 

Nine Minnesotans died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the number of fatalities in Minnesota to 1,561. Of those deaths, 1,198, or 77%, occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. 

Of those who have at one time tested positive, 42,524 people have recovered to the point they no longer require isolation. 

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People between the ages of 20 and 29 make up the largest group of coronavirus cases with 11,488 and three deaths, while those ages 30 to 39 account for 9,032 cases and 12 deaths. People between 80 and 80 comprise just 1,741 cases but 527 deaths, the most of any age group.

Hennepin County has the most cases of COVID-19 with 15,537 and 804 deaths. Ramsey County reports 5,985 and 253 deaths, while Dakota County has 3,263 cases and 101 deaths.

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