Two more coronavirus cases reported in St. Louis County
Reports: a second long-term care facility in Duluth, St. Ann's Residence, has experienced a case of COVID-19.
A second case of COVID-19 at a long-term care facility in Duluth was among the cases reported in St. Louis County over the weekend.
On Sunday, two new cases were reported, bringing the total cases of coronavirus in St. Louis County to 15, the Minnesota Department of Health said in its daily update.
A case at St. Ann's Residence in the Central Hillside neighborhood of Duluth was confirmed Sunday by WDIO-TV and the Associated Press. The resident experienced symptoms following an unrelated medical appointment, their reports said, prompting a test which came back positive Friday. The resident was being hospitalized.
On Saturday, the state health department listed Superior View Apartments in the Chester Park neighborhood of Duluth as one of 47 long-term care facilities in Minnesota with at least one case. The state had yet to update the long-term care total or identify any new outbreaks. A single case was constituting an outbreak in long-term care facilities, the state said previously.
The total number of cases in Minnesota rose by 70, to 935, including five additional deaths, the state said. All told, 29 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in the state through the latest data as of 4 p.m., Saturday.
"We can never forget that these numbers are in fact beloved family members, friends and neighbors who are mourned," Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said. "We express our condolences and our commitment to continuing the work of protecting Minnesotans the best we can."
The deaths included:
- An 87-year-old resident of Olmsted County.
- A 90-year-old resident of Washington County.
- An 83-year-old resident of Dakota County.
- An 88-year-old resident of Hennepin County.
- And a 67-year-old resident of Hennepin County.
Counties of residence for the 70 new cases were as follows: Hennepin (15); Ramsey (12), Washington (8), Dakota (7), Olmsted (7), Goodhue (2), St. Louis (2), Beltrami (1), Blue Earth (1), Crow Wing (1), Fillmore (1), Houston (1), Isanti (1), Pipestone (1), Scott (1), Sherburne (1), Watonwan (1), Winona (1), and Wright (1). County of residence data was not immediately available for five cases.
In the Northland, Carlton, Itasca and Koochiching counties were among a number of counties to hold to having no additional cases, standing at eight, two and one, respectively. Cook and Aitkin counties continued to have no cases.
Counties with the largest day-to-day increases on Sunday were Dakota with seven more cases to 63, Hennepin with 15 more to 267, Olmsted with seven more to 95, Ramsey with 12 more to 91, and Washington with eight more to 62.
Several counties held with no additional cases, including Anoka (36), Mower (17) and Martin (32).
Gov. Tim Walz and other state officials did not meet in conference call with media members on Sunday as had become routine in recent weeks. Walz's State of the State Address was on schedule to be delivered later Sunday evening .
"It is very important for all Minnesotans to do their part in (the protection effort) by following social distancing guidelines and other public health recommendations," Malcolm said.
Notable figures from the state's COVID-19 daily update:
Of the 935 lab-confirmed cases, 451 are patients no longer requiring isolation. The number of current hospitalizations rose by 11, to 106 — 48 of those were in intensive care units, six more than the previous daily report.
The number of total statewide hospitalizations since tracking began Jan. 20 rose by 22, to 202.
The number of completed tests rose to 26,777 — roughly 200 more than the total a day earlier — including 8,846 conducted by the state’s public health laboratory and 17,391 completed by external labs.
Daily totals of lab-confirmed cases in the week dating to March 29: 73-53-60-53-47-76-70.
Daily deaths since March 29: 1-2-5-1-4-2-5, or 20 of 29 total.
Median age of all cases: 48; median age of all hospitalizations: 64; median age for ICU: 67; median age of deaths: 86.
Age range for all reported cases: 4 months-104 years; for hospitalizations: 6-98; for ICU cases: 25-95; for deaths: 58-100.
This story was updated at 3:49 p.m. (April 5) with additional information from the health department. It was originally posted at 11:37 a.m.
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