For the foreseeable future, MinnPost will be providing daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota, published following the press phone call conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) with Gov. Tim Walz and administration officials each afternoon. There was no MDH call on Sunday, April 5, so here’s a quick look at the latest numbers.
Here are the latest updates from April 5, 2020:
935 confirmed cases; 29 deaths
Twenty-nine Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, after the Minnesota Department of Health announced five additional deaths Sunday, including:
- An 87-year old Olmsted County resident
- A 90-year-old Washington County resident
- An 83-year-old Dakota County resident
- An 88-year-old Hennepin County resident
- A 67-year-old Hennepin County resident
There have been 935 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota, with an additional 70 announced since Saturday. Because Minnesota doesn’t have the capacity to test everybody with symptoms, the number of people with the virus in the state is assumed to be significantly higher.
The number of Minnesotans currently in the hospital is 106, up 11 from Saturday. Forty-eight are in intensive care, up six from Saturday. There are 451 Minnesotans who previously tested positive for COVID-19 who no longer need to be isolated, which means they are considered to have recovered.
The median age of people who have died from COVID-19 is 86; the median age of those who have been hospitalized is 63.
On Saturday, MDH began releasing names of long-term care facilities with outbreaks (defined as one or more cases in a resident or staff member), provided the facilities have 10 or more residents. That list can be found at the link above.
State of the YouTube
Gov. Tim Walz will deliver his second State of the State address Sunday evening via YouTube from his Summit Avenue abode. We’re guessing coronavirus will come up.
Here’s the link. Starts at 7 p.m.
Today on MinnPost
- Asking yourself how long it’s been since this all started? Us too.
- As always, a look at the numbers on the MinnPost COVID-19 dashboard.
Around the web
- The Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota are both working on antibody tests, which would tell if somebody had previously had COVID-19. Mayo’s is expected to be available Monday, MPR reports.
- The person behind the number: Remembering one of COVID-19’s first Minnesota victims, from the Pioneer Press.
- A South African couple are the only guests left at a fancy resort, stranded on their honeymoon in the Maldives due to COVID-19 shutdowns, via the New York Times.
- Candyland was created for polio wards, and a closer read on the game shows it’s full of symbolism, the Atlantic.
- The Queen’s speech: Queen Elizabeth recorded her fourth-ever special address directly to the people of Britain, on the subject of COVID-19. “It carries a distinct echo of the celebrated radio address her father, George VI, delivered in September 1939, as Britain stood on the brink of war with Germany,” the New York Times reports.
MDH’s coronavirus website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
Hotline, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.: 651-201-3920