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The daily coronavirus update: 9 more deaths; decline in new cases continues

Photo: CDC/Alissa Eckert

For the foreseeable future, MinnPost will be providing daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota, published following the press phone call with members of the Walz administration each afternoon.

Here are the latest updates from June 16, 2020:

30,882 confirmed cases; 1,313 deaths

Nine more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday, for a total of 1,313.

Of the deaths announced Tuesday were five people in their nineties, two in their eighties and two in their sixties. Seven of the nine deaths announced Tuesday were among residents of long-term care facilities. Of the 1,313 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota, 1,041 have been among residents of long-term care.

The current death toll only includes Minnesotans with lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 tests.

MDH also said Tuesday there have been 30,882 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota. The number of confirmed cases is up 189 from Monday’s count and is based on 6,294 new tests. This is the fourth consecutive day the number of new positive cases has declined (One caution: testing volumes tend to be lower early in the week, following the weekend.) You can find the seven-day positive case average here.

Since the start of the outbreak, 3,658 Minnesotans have been hospitalized and 357 are currently in the hospital, 185 in intensive care. You can find more information about Minnesota’s current ICU usage and capacity here.

Of the 30,882 confirmed positive cases in Minnesota, 27,006 are believed to have recovered.

More information on cases can be found here.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Joe Smith on 06/17/2020 - 06:11 am.

    As expected (not by many here at Minnpost), the virus is losing its grip on folks in the warmer summer weather. COViD 19 is a virus, like all viruses it can’t live on surfaces for an extended period and warmer weather slows down its potency. With 189 “new cases” confirmed from testing 6,294 folks, all with suspicion of having the virus, you have a 0.03% chance of having or already had the virus. Time to rethink the pandemic in Minnesota.
    I see where legislators are asking Governors from States where COViD 19 ravaged their LTC citizens one simple question, why?

  2. Submitted by Tom Clark on 06/17/2020 - 10:31 am.

    New outbreaks of COVID-19 in Arizona and Florida this week weren’t hampered by summer weather, so your take on Minnesota’s decline is way off base.

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