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

Nine of the people who died were residents of long-term care facilities. 

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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.

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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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