Seventeen of the deaths occurred in Hennepin County, three in Clay County, two in Ramsey County and one in Wilkins County. Their ages range from individuals in their 60s to residents of Hennepin District who are over 100 years old. All but one, residents of Hennepin District in their 60s, are in long-term care facilities.
“We express our condolences to the families and friends of those who have died,” Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said in a statement. “We are continuing our work with many partners throughout the state to protect Minnesotans and prevent additional deaths. It is very important for all Minnesotan people to do their part in the effort by following social distance guidelines and other public health recommendations. “
To date, a total of 244 people have died due to COVID-19 in the state.
Testing, increasing access
As promised during Wednesday’s announcement by Governor Tim Walz and state health officials, testing continued to rise on Saturday, reaching a day high of 2,514 tests for the day. That’s almost three times the testing activity in just five days.
Walz has set 5,000 tests a day as a benchmark for the strong testing capacity needed to return the country to mitigated economic activity. The newly created virtual testing laboratory joins the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota hoping to be able to process 20,000 tests every day, a number that will place the country among the most tested states in the country.
On Friday, the state launched a public stop, “If You Are Sick” the web page – mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/ – complete with standalone screening tools and a directory of test locations throughout the state.
The screening tool encourages visitors with a series of short questions. The flow chart advises Minnesotans to be tested if they have a fever and cough or shortness of breath. It also suggests testing for those who have no symptoms who have been told that they have made contact with someone who has tested positive for the corona virus.
Statewide page review test location directory it seems to indicate that most participating clinics at this time have opened up their criteria for testing all Minnesotans with symptoms, as well as asymptomatic patients who are contacts of infected people. A small number of centers still test only those who are members of high-risk categories or professions.
Willmar, the Worthington outbreak continues
Cases jumped again on Saturday in Kandiyohi District, home to two Jennie-O Hormel turkey factories, which the company closed for cleaning on Friday. The factory, which employs 1,200 workers, identified 14 workers with the virus on Friday. On Saturday, the state reported 12 other cases in the county, bringing the total to 28.
These figures were beaten by 67 new cases reported on Saturday to Nobles County, home to 2,000 JBS USA pork factory employees in Worthington. Nobles County now has 325 confirmed coronavirus cases.
With health officials describing the two regions as a kind of trial for future hot spot containment protocols, the caseload is expected to continue to increase for rural locations and each adjoining district that provides housing for affected workers when the country turns its focus on extensive testing, tracking and isolation.
There are now 288 patients hospitalized with coronavirus in the state, with 109 of them in intensive care.
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Minnesota Department of Health Hotline COVID-19: 651-201-3920.
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Minnesota Department of Health website COVID-19: Coronavirus Disease website (COVID-19).
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