MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced Sunday that the number of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Minnesota has risen to 24,850, up 664 from Saturday. Fourteen more people also died, bringing the death total to 1,040.
Currently, 555 people are in Minnesota hospitals battling COVID-19, with 257 in intensive care beds. Health officials are keeping a close eye on ICU capacity, as beds are increasingly being taken up by COVID-19 patients and those undergoing elective surgeries.READ MORE: Kim Potter Trial, Dec. 2 Live Updates: 5 Jury Spots Yet To Be Filled
Since the start of the outbreak in March, 249,519 people in Minnesota have been tested for COVID-19, with 7,011 tests being processed on Saturday alone. Well over half — 18,695 — have recovered and no longer require isolation.READ MORE: 2 Of 4 Charged In Greenvale Township Death Plead Guilty
The state’s goal is to be able to process 20,000 tests a day, which is enough for any resident showing symptoms to get tested.
For most people, COVID-19 symptoms are mild, such as fever and coughing. However, the disease, which attacks the lungs, can be deadly to the elderly and those with underlying issues.MORE NEWS: St. Paul School Board Votes To Close 6 Schools Amid Declining Enrollment, Sustainability Concerns
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