ST PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 788 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, along with 17 new 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.
Wednesday's new case total includes 638 confirmed cases and 150 probable cases.
The total number of Minnesotans who have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began is now 486,434, with 23,943 of those as antigen test results.
MDH says 17 new deaths from the virus were reported. That pushes the total number of fatalities in Minnesota to 6,507.
To date, 25,863 Minnesotans have been hospitalized with the coronavirus since the pandemic started, with 5,340 of them needing care in the ICU.
MDH reports that 473,252 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 48,408 cases and three deaths, and ages 25-29 follow with 43,438 cases and six deaths. Those between 85 and 89 years old account for the highest number of fatalities in one age group with 1,231 out of
6,255 diagnosed cases.
In terms of likely exposure to the coronavirus, MDH says 108,940 cases were the result of community transmission with no known contact with an infected person, and 100,550 had known contact with a person who has a confirmed case.
A total of 39,167 cases involved exposure in a congregate care setting,
7,962 were in a corrections setting, and 1,102 were in a homeless shelter. MDH data shows 19,017 were linked to an outbreak outside of congregate living or health care.
MDH says 33,438 cases were linked to travel. Health care workers or patients account for 14,832 diagnosed COVID-19 cases. The source of transmission for 161,426 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
100,913 cases and 1,586 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with
43,165 cases and 803 deaths, Dakota County with 36,375 cases and 392 deaths, and Anoka County with 33,335 cases and 388 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 539 new cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 565,131.
Health officials reported 18 new deaths on Wednesday as the total number of fatalities rose to 6,458, approximately 1.1% of those who are infected with the virus.
On Thursday, Feb. 4, Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature repealed Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' statewide mask mandate. Shortly after, Gov. Evers reinstated the mask mandate order.
Wisconsin health officials say a total of 26,279 people have been hospitalized from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, about 4.7% of the total number of people who have been diagnosed with the virus.
Of the confirmed cases in Wisconsin, 18.8% involve people between the ages of 20 to 29, 15.5% are between 30 and 39, 15.2% are between 50 and 59, and 14.2% are 40 to 49. An estimated 11.6% are between 10 and 19, and 10.9% are between 60 and 69.
As of Wednesday, Milwaukee County reported the largest number of confirmed cases with 98,398, along with 1,244 deaths. Waukesha County has reported 40,763 confirmed cases and 484 deaths, Dane County has reported 40,641 confirmed cases and 273 deaths, and Brown County has reported 30,251 cases and 224 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 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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