Minnesota Coronavirus Outbreak Update: 453 New Cases, 13 Deaths Reported

Minnesota continues to experience a rise in COVID-19 cases with the latest reports revealing 453 new confirmed cases and 13 deaths. This bumps up the total number of coronavirus-related issues to 29,316 where 1,249 people have died from the dreaded strain.

Further to the report, the COVID-19 deaths come from residents of long-term care facilities. Ten of the deaths came from nursing homes, raising the number of deaths from long-term care facilities to 994. Other facilities are not spared from new COVID-19 cases, although the frequency is not as rapid as before, according to Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

This was based on comparisons she made on cases from last week where 23 new facilities were dealing with outbreaks daily. Now, there are only 5 facilities a day reporting coronavirus-related issues.

“We don’t know for sure what shape the pandemic will take us in the days to come,” she said. “This disease is continuing to prove highly unpredictable.”

With most regions ramping up COVID-19 testing, the number of people possibly infected with the strain was expected to increase. In the case of Minnesota, the 453 cases were singled out from a batch of 12,071 tests that were performed on June 10. To date, the number of COVID-19 tests that were completed statewide stood at 381,841, reported.

Hospitalizations remain steady or slightly declining. As of Thursday, 411 have been admitted due to the coronavirus, 196 of whom are in the ICU. Hennepin County has the most cases in the state as of this writing with 9,815 cases and 700 deaths. Ramsey County is not far behind with 3,740 cases and 169 deaths.

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Locals who have some underlying health conditions are still the ones at high risk of contracting the coronavirus. Beyond that, people who are afflicted with the virus deal with mild symptoms and can recover without medical assistance. Roughly 24,870 individuals in the state have tested positive but no longer needed to isolate themselves.

Minnesota recently entered phase three of reopening plans, easing restrictions that now allow large gatherings and businesses to reopen. Governor Tim Walz plans to extend the state's COVID-19 peacetime emergency for an additional 30 days once he calls into session the Minnesota legislature on June 12. The current peacetime emergency will expire Friday. Minnesota law requires the legislature to be in session for the governor to extend a peacetime emergency order.