Latest news on COVID-19 in MN: the biggest increase in one day of confirmed cases; dead now 70


Updated: 11:35 a.m.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Sunday that the number of COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota has risen to 70, while the total number of confirmed cases jumped from more than 100 to 1,536 – the largest increase on a day to that day in Minnesota.

This represents an increase of 64 deaths and 1,427 cases confirmed on Saturday. The largest one-day increase in the total number of confirmed cases was 94.

A state-run coronavirus website originally reported a total of 1,621 confirmed cases on Sunday, but state health officials told MPR News that the correct total was 1,536.

However, health officials believe that limited testing of COVID-19 could identify only 1% of all cases.

“Multiply the number of confirmed cases by 100,” Stefan Gildemeister, the state’s health economist, said on Friday. “This is where we expect. That puts the estimate high at 133,600 cases in the state.

Gildemeister said officials have arrived at this estimate by examining the number of deaths reported by COVID-19, which are much more visible than the number of cases, and then backing up to estimate “how many infected patients does it really take” to get that number of deaths.

Thousands of Minnesotans with flu-like symptoms were unable to obtain COVID-19 tests despite a national shortage of testing equipment.

More of the latest statistics on Sunday’s coronaviruses:

  • 361 hospitalizations in total, against 340 on Saturday.
  • 157 people remain in the hospital, compared to 145 on Saturday; 74 in USI, against 69 on Saturday.

  • Over 800 patients have recovered to the point where they no longer need to be isolated.

Of the six deaths reported on Sunday, three were people in the 1990s from Hennepin County; one was a resident of Hennepin County in his sixties; one was a Washington County resident in his 50s; and one was a resident of St. Louis County in the 1980s.

State officials said that 13% of the confirmed cases were health professionals; 21% of the cases were linked to collective care centers – either staff members or residents. The state reports that more than 50 health facilities grouped with more than 10 beds in Minnesota have reported at least one case of coronavirus among residents, staff or contractors.

Developments from across the state

Two police officers wearing masks and gloves.

Two Brooklyn Park policemen stand in front of a house during a wellness check on Monday.

Chris Juhn for MPR News

Walz Signs Order Authorizing Sharing of Address of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases with First Responders

On Friday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order directing the State Department of Health to develop a protocol for sharing information on confirmed COVID-19 cases with first responders.

Walz’s prescription allows addresses where a COVID-19 case has been identified – and only where a patient is still contagious – to be released to 911 dispatchers and first responders. Names of affected individuals and other contact information identification will not be provided to local authorities.

Walz wrote in his order that first responders should assume that everyone they met could be carriers of coronavirus – but the order provides better protection.

“This decision is not taken lightly,” Walz wrote in the order. “We must ensure that this health information is only released to those who urgently need to know it, and we must put in place safeguards so that no one abuses this data. Minnesota has a strong tradition of protecting the privacy of its citizens. This is reflected in the sanctions imposed for illegal use of private data provided by the (Minnesota Government Data Practices Act), which will continue to apply to data shared under this decree. “

The ordinance states that “shared data must remain confidential, be encrypted in transit, (and be) provided only to the minimum number of people required.”

Congressman Pete Stauber from Minnesota 8th District, a retired police officer, was among those who supported such an order.

“As we continue to wage war on COVID-19, it is only right that the police, first responders and firefighters on the front line of this fight have all the information they need to protect themselves and prepare, “he said in a press release.

– MPR News staff

Minnesota DNR Closes Grand Portage State Park

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed Grand Portage State Park in the far northeast of Minnesota.

This is at the request of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, as the coronavirus pandemic is spreading. The park is located on the reservation of the Grand Portage.

The closure is in effect until May 4 at least.

Meanwhile, much of Fort Snelling State Park in the Twin Cities is closed due to flooding along the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers.

Other state parks remain open for day use, but campgrounds, accommodation and visitor centers at state parks are closed due to COVID-19.

– MPR News staff

Shelters in place, surrounded by floodwater

National Guard soldiers are marching this weekend in the community of Oslo, northwest Minnesota, where the Red River is expected to reach a flood peak just below record levels.

Oslo is surrounded by a circular dike, and now miles of water that covers all of the community’s roads. Mayor Erika Martens said that about 220 people were sheltering there.

“We feel safe, we are fine. We are not panicking, ”she said. “This is nothing new to us. “

What is new this year is the fear of COVID-19. Martens said that floods are usually a time when the community comes together.

National Highway 220 near Oslo, Minnesota, remains closed by floodwater

Spring floods frequently close roads to and from Oslo, Minn. This April 2019 view shows State Highway 220 north of Oslo.

Courtesy of MnDOT 2019

“Where you meet people in town that you wouldn’t usually see, and you see the new people and you get together – and there is none of that,” she said. “No church, nothing at all. It’s difficult. This year is difficult. “

Martens said the Guard brings mail and supplies to the flooded roads.

“We couldn’t do it without them, especially this year. Usually we have quite a few volunteers to walk the dikes just to be sure, check things out. We have none of this this year, “she said. “Nobody wants to go out and you can’t blame them. “

Floodwaters are expected to recede slowly over the next week.

– Dan Gunderson | MPR News

Big titles

Smithfield Foods announces the indefinite shutdown of the Sioux Falls plant in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic: Smithfield Foods announced Sunday that its huge pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., will be closed indefinitely due to a coronavirus outbreak. As of Saturday, more than 230 workers tested positive for COVID-19, out of a workforce of around 3,700 – part of a growing coronavirus hotspot in Sioux Falls.

Hospitals cut wages and workers on leave to cushion COVID-19’s financial blow: Hospitals across the state are taking cost-cutting measures to support the temporary ban on surgeries and elective procedures. Together, the hospitals anticipate a loss of $ 3 billion over the next three months. Mayo Clinic, the state’s largest private employer, is cutting wages and taking leave to cover an estimated loss of $ 3 billion this year.

3M says a New Jersey company is pricing New York authorities with N95 masks: 3M sued a New Jersey-based company that allegedly priced extremely high prices for N95 respirators that could prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Minneapolis officials say too many people ignore signs of virus displayed: City officials can get tougher on people who ignore the rules of social distancing. The Minneapolis police, however, are in no rush to impose fines.

Grocery stores are strengthening safety measures during the COVID-19 epidemic: Minnesota grocers deployed plastic screens between customers and cashiers, equipped workers with gloves, hand sanitizer and face masks, marked floors to show customers where to stand, and limited number of buyers in a store.

COVID-19 in Minnesota

For weeks, health officials have increasingly raised the alarm over the spread of the new coronavirus in the United States. The disease is spread by respiratory droplets, coughing, and sneezing, just as the flu can spread.

Government and medical officials urge people to wash their hands frequently and properly, refrain from touching their faces, cover their cough, disinfect surfaces and avoid crowds, all in an effort to curb rapid spread of the virus.

The state of Minnesota has temporarily closed schools, while administrators are working to determine next steps, and is demanding a temporary closure of all in-person meals at restaurants, bars, and cafes, as well as theaters, gymnasiums, yoga studios and other spaces where people congregate nearby.


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