MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —Four more people with COVID-19 in Minnesota have died, health officials announced Friday, bringing the state’s death toll to 22. Meanwhile 47 more people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
The Minnesota Department of Health says that the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state has reached 789, with more than 24,000 people tested since the outbreak began.
Still, experts caution that the true number of people who’ve contracted the virus is likely much higher, as testing has been limited.
Of those currently battling COVID-19, 86 are in the hospital, an increase of 11 from Thursday. Forty patients are in intensive care beds, up two from Thursday.
On the other hand, the number of people who no longer need to be in isolation is now over 400, health officials say.
At a daily briefing Friday, health officials said three of the four additional deaths involved an individual at a long-term care facility. That brings the total deaths at congregate care facilities to 14. Starting Saturday, long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases will be identified.
Health Dept will begin identifying MN long term care facilities w covid-19 starting tomorrow. 47 currently have at least one case.
— Patrick Kessler (@PatKessler) April 3, 2020
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Previously, health officials said it would not release that sensitive data as it could be in violation of state and federal privacy laws.