The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 652 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing to 21,960 the total number of Minnesotans who have tested of positive for the virus since the pandemic began.
The total number of tests processed by private or state labs has reached 209,898, a number that could ramp up with the National Guard performing tests for anyone who wants one at six locations across Minnesota.
MDH says another 18 Minnesotans have died of complications from the virus, bringing the total number of fatalities in the state to 899. Of those deaths, 732, or 81%, have occurred in long-term care or assisted living settings.
Minnesota hospitals are currently treating 570 patients for complications from the coronavirus, with 258 of dealing with symptoms serious enough to require care in the ICU. It's the high single-day total of ICU patients related to the coronavirus since the pandemic began. As of Tuesday, a total of 2,709 people have required hospitalization for COVID-19.
MDH reports that 15,523 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 30-39 account for 4,397 cases and four deaths. Those ages 20 to 29 make up 4,020 cases, and 3,486 people between 40 to 49 have tested positive.
Those between 80 and 89 years old account for 305 of the fatalities.
In terms of likely exposure to coronavirus, MDH says 5,118 cases involve exposure in a congregate living setting, 5,427 cases had known contact with a person who has a confirmed case, 4,646 cases had community transmission with no known contact with an infected person and 725 cases were linked to travel. Health care workers account for 1,356 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.
Hennepin County has the most cases in the state at 7,421, with 549 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with 2,551 cases and 98 deaths. Stearns County reports 1,959 cases and 12 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.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin's Department of Health Services is reporting three additional deaths since yesterday, raising the total number of deaths statewide to 517. Overall cases of COVID-19 have risen to 15,863.
Wisconsin health officials say a total of 2,362 people have been hospitalized with complications from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, 15% of the total number of people who have been diagnosed with the virus.
Of those testing positive for COVID-19 in Wisconsin, 18% are between the ages of 30 to 39, 17% are between 40 and 49, 17% are between 20 and 29, and 16% are 50 to 59. An estimated 11% are between 60 and 69.
A gender breakdown reveals that 51% of COVID-19 cases are women and 49% are men.
Health care workers make up 11% of those testing positive for COVID-19.
Milwaukee County has the most cases at 6,517 with 277 deaths. Brown County has 2,249 cases and 32 deaths. Racine County reports 1,395 cases and 25 deaths.
On Tuesday, the Wisconsin National Guard announced it's resuming mobile testing across the state.
Here's a breakdown of the locations that testing is available:
- Dane County: Two teams established a community-based testing site at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison May 11. Nearly 6,700 specimens have been collected as of May 26. One team will collect specimens today at a long-term care facility in Verona.
- Dodge County: Two teams started specimen collection today at the Dodge Department of Corrections facility.
- Fond du Lac County: Two teams started specimen collection today at the Waupun Correctional facility.
- Green County: One team will conduct specimen collection today at a long-term care facility in Monroe.
- Milwaukee County: Three teams established a community-based specimen collection site May 11 at 2701 S. Chase Avenue (UMOS) and have collected 10,683 specimens as of May 26. One team will conduct specimen collection today at a long-term care facility in Franklin.
- Monroe County: One team will conduct specimen collection today at the Wisconsin National Guard’s Challenge Academy at Ft. McCoy.
- Racine County: One team established a community-based testing site at Festival Hall in Racine May 18 and has collected over 2,500 specimens as of May 26.
- Rock County: One team will conduct specimen collection at a long-term care facility today in Brodhead.
On Wednesday, May 13, the Supreme Court blocked Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' Safer at Home order, saying the administration overstepped its authority when it extended the order to May 26.
Following the court order, some bars opened immediately while local leaders in other areas moved to keep strict restrictions in place to prevent further spread of the virus.
If Wisconsin is to have a statewide plan, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will have to work with the same Republicans whose lawsuit resulted in Wednesday's Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling. After a Thursday meeting with Evers, Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said GOP lawmakers and the governor may not be able to reach agreement and that a statewide policy might not be needed.
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, 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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