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 July 7:
39,133 confirmed cases; 1,477 deaths
Three more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday, for a total of 1,477.
Of the people whose deaths were announced Tuesday, one was in their 70s and two were in their 50s. None of the three deaths announced Tuesday were among residents of long-term care facilities. Of the 1,477 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota, 1,157 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 39,133 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota. The number of confirmed cases is up 564 from Monday’s count and is based on 5,936 new tests. You can find the seven-day positive case average here.
Since the start of the outbreak, 4,252 Minnesotans have been hospitalized and 267 are currently in the hospital, 121 in intensive care. You can find more information about Minnesota’s current ICU usage and capacity here.
Of the 39,133 confirmed positive cases in Minnesota, 34,377 are believed to have recovered.
Today on MinnPost
- Arts news: The Minnesota Orchestra has canceled some planned concerts and instead plans to play outside. The Children’s Theatre Company will be closed through March 2021.
- 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
- Consider a cheeseburger. Now consider how the people shepherding that cheeseburger’s journey from a cow to your mouth — from farmer to line cook — have been affected by COVID. That’s the premise of this Washington Post story, which is an interesting read.
- After downplaying the risks of coronavirus, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro now has the virus, per the BBC.
MDH’s coronavirus website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
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