ST. CLOUD (St. Cloud Times) — Another 88 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 11 more people have died from the disease, the largest one-day jumps in both statistics since Minnesota confirmed its first case on March 6.
The death toll in Minnesota is 50; the state’s first COVID-19 death was reported on March 21. The number of people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus reached 1,242 Thursday morning, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Three of the 11 new deaths were Minnesotans in their 70s, four were in their 80s and four were in their 90s, said Department of Health Comissioner Jan Malcolm during a Thursday conference call.
St. Cloud Hospital has treated one case of the virus, according to Public Relations Manager Karna Fronden. The health care system would not release further information about the number of patients it has seen related to COVID-19, or the number of tests they have performed.
Stearns County has seven confirmed cases, Wright has 12 cases, Sherburne has nine and Benton has one. None of those had any new cases confirmed Thursday, and there have been no deaths from the virus reported in those counties.
Of the confirmed cases in the state, 675 no longer need to be isolated. Health department data showed 293 have required hospitalization, and 145 remained in the hospital Thursday. Of those, 63 are in intensive care.
There have been 32,294 tests completed in the state as of Thursday.
Cases have been confirmed in Minnesotans ranging from 4 months old to 104 years old, with a median age of 51. Sixty-five of 87 counties have confirmed cases.
Globally, around 1.5 million cases of the virus have been confirmed, and around 90,000 have died, Malcolm said during the conference call Thursday.
There have been 427,460 total cases and 14,696 deaths in the United States since January 21, according to the Center for Disease Control website.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has sent a request to FEMA to request that the federal agency pay for non-congregate shelters like converted dormitories and hotels to help quarantine people who cannot stay at home, Commissioner Steve Kelley said during the conference call.
“We need to provide people a safe place to quarantine,” Kelley said.
Many Minnesotans who have been approved for unemployment insurance saw their first $600 “top off” payment from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES act, said Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Comissioner Steve Grove during the call.
According to Grove, Minnesota was the first state in the country to authorize those payments to its residents.
New unemployment insurance claims in the state continue to slow, Grove said. Since Thursday, April 2, the state has received around 18,000 new applications. The week before, there were around 24,000 new applications.
There have been 385,318 new applications in Minnesota since the stay-at-home order took effect, Grove said, mostly in food service, sales, and healthcare fields.