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The daily coronavirus update: 10 more deaths, 143 new cases in Minnesota

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Here are the latest updates from April 18, 2020:

2,213 confirmed cases; 121 deaths 

Another 10 people have died of COVID-19 in Minnesota, state health officials said Saturday. The coronavirus has now killed 121 people in the state. Those who died were:

  • An Anoka County resident in their 70s
  • A Hennepin County resident in their 90s
  • Two Hennepin County residents in their 80s
  • Two Hennepin County residents in their 70s
  • Two Hennepin County residents in their 60s
  • A Hennepin County resident in their 50s
  • A St. Louis County resident in their 80s

Nine of the people who died — all but the Anoka County case — were residents of long-term care facilities. Of the 121 Minnesotans dead from COVID-19, most have been in assisted living.

The state Department of Health also reported 143 new confirmed cases of coronavirus. Now 2,213 people have tested positive for COVID-19, though because Minnesota lacks testing capacity for all who have symptoms, the number of people with the virus is assumed to be significantly higher.

The Health Department says 561 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began, with 239 people currently in the hospital and 111 in intensive care. The state reported 106 people in the ICU on Friday. 

Of the 2,213 confirmed positive cases in Minnesota, 1,118 no longer need to be in isolation because they have recovered. A total of 44,368 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Minnesota.

More information on cases can be found here.

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MDH’s coronavirus website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by David Beckmann on 04/18/2020 - 06:48 pm.

    I saw the median age of CoVid death in Minnesota was 88. That shocks me as that means 88 is the midpoint of the data. Why is this statistic so hard to find? And why are the strange absence of death in the 0 to 9 age group not reported more widely. Through March 14, when influenza apparently vanished in Minnesota, there were 120 to 130 deaths with 3 children. I think the influenza median is around 72. Hmm….

  2. Submitted by joe smith on 04/20/2020 - 08:46 am.

    It doesn’t kill healthy folks under 40 years old. You never get that information from media. Governor Cuomo said we should be concerned because on Saturday 1,300 folks tested positive, in NYC, for Coronavirus. There are 8.3M people in NYC, 1,300 infections is .0002% of the population. We are shutting down the economy for that? Don’t hear that either.

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