Live updates: COVID-19 case numbers and trends in Minnesota

Here are the latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

ST PAUL, Minn. — Friday, Oct. 9 

  • MDH reports more than 1,400 new cases for third time in two weeks
  • No-barrier testing locations announced for week of Oct. 12
  • Minnesota health officials warn of COVID-19 hotspots outside the metro
  • Cases rising in long-term care facilities once again

Minnesota’s top health and education officials held a briefing call Friday to update the public on COVID-19 and its impacts across the state.

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Commissioner Jan Malcolm said that the median age of cases has risen for the first time in months. Malcolm said that reflects secondary transmission from younger people to older, higher-risk Minnesotans. 

The positivity rate, or the percentage of COVID tests that come back positive in Minnesota, has been at or above the “caution threshold” of 5% for about two weeks. Because of the lag period, Malcolm said health officials do not believe that will go down anytime soon.

“We have multiple warning lights on our dashboard and we need to take them seriously,” MDH Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann said on Friday’s call. “The hottest of our hotspots are now outside the metro area.”

Martin and Pipestone are at over 10% test positivity for the last couple of weeks, Ehresmann said, which is double the “caution” rate.

“We know that there was a perception early on in this pandemic that COVID-19 was only a problem of the big cities,” Ehresmann said. 

She urged people in greater Minnesota to take masking, social distancing and avoiding crowds seriously.

Ehresmann said that after a summer of lower case numbers in long-term care facilities, those cases are increasing once again.

“We added 77 new cases today,” she said. “We have days where we’re adding over 100 new cases a day.”

Ehresmann said the majority of those cases are in staff, and the transmission appears to be happening outside of the facility.

New cases of COVID-19 continue to trend in a concerning direction in Minnesota, based on numbers released Friday by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Reports over the past 24 hours confirm 1,401 new cases of coronavirus, the third time in recent weeks single-day case numbers have topped 1,400. On September 26 MDH recorded 1,478 cases, and on October 3 the department reported 1,434. Friday’s case numbers are based on a relatively heavy volume of 32,487 tests processed in private and state labs. 

An additional 14 people have perished from the virus, bring Minnesota’s total fatalities to 2,121 since the onset of the pandemic. Of those deaths 1,513, or 71% of them, occurred in long-term or assisted living settings.

Total hospitalizations from COVID-19 are now at 8,251, with 2,267 of them requiring care in the ICU. That means an additional 64 people were hospitalized with complication of the virus in the past day. 

MDH says 97,715 people who at one time tested positive for coronavirus have recovered to the point they no longer require isolation. 

Those between the ages of 20 and 24 make up Minnesota’s largest grouping of COVID cases with 14,578 and one fatality, while people from 25 to 29 account for 10,664 and three deaths. People from 15 to 19 comprise 10,316 cases but zero fatalities. 

Of Minnesota’s deaths, the largest number comes from the group ages 85 to 89. MDH stats say 362 people from that demographic have died, out of just 1,450 cases diagnosed. 

Hennepin County has the most COVID activity in the state with 29,661 cases and 951 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with 12,027 cases and 333 fatalities. Dakota County reports 8,295 cases and 130 deaths.

Cook County in northeast Minnesota has the least COVID activity with eight cases and zero deaths, while Kittson County County reports 15 cases. 

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on Thursday added four more schools to its list of school buildings with five or more confirmed COVID cases:

  • Horizon Middle School, Moorhead
  • Grand Rapids Senior High, Grand Rapids
  • Roosevelt Elementary, Willmar
  • Rocori Senior High, Cold Spring

Those schools are in addition to the 7 buildings listed last week:

  • Brainerd Senior High School, Brainerd
  • Albert Lea Senior High School, Albert Lea
  • Isanti Middle School, Isanti
  • Fairmont Jr./Sr. High School, Fairmont
  • Martin Luther High School, Northrop
  • St. Paul Lutheran School , Fairmont
  • Hinckley Elementary, Hinckley

MDH said it will remove schools from the list once no new cases have been reported for 28 days. Health officials have also emphasized that even though a school is on the list, it doesn’t mean the COVID cases originated there, or that the schools have ongoing transmission.

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 1,276 new COVID-19  cases on Thursday, along with 8 newly reported deaths.

That brings Minnesota’s death toll to 2,107 since the pandemic began.

A total of 8,187 people have been hospitalized since the start of the pandemic, and 2,245 of those patients had cases severe enough to be treated in the ICU.

People ages 20-24 still represent the age group with the highest number of cases with 14,424, and one of the lowest death counts at one.

Teens 15-19 make up 10,207 positive tests, just below people 25-29 years old at 10, 543.

People in their 80s account for the highest number of deaths, with 699 fatalities out of just 3,134 cases.

The Minnesota Department of Health is continuing its 4-week push of free, no-barrier COVID-19 testing across the state. On Thursday, it announced the test site locations for the week of Oct. 12. They are:

Tuesday, Oct. 13; Wednesday, Oct. 14; Thursday, Oct. 15
12 to 7 p.m.
Anoka Armory
408 East Main Street
Anoka, MN
Anoka Community COVID-19 Testing: Schedule Appointment

Tuesday, Oct. 13; Wednesday, Oct. 14; Thursday, Oct. 15
12 to 6 p.m.
Faribault Armory
3000 West Airport Road
Faribault, MN
Faribault Community COVID-19 Testing: Schedule Appointment

Tuesday, Oct. 13; Wednesday, Oct. 14; Thursday, Oct. 15
12 to 6 p.m.
Grand Prairie Events
105 S Estey Street
Luverne, MN 56156
Luverne Community COVID-19 Testing: Schedule Appointment

Tuesday, Oct. 13; Wednesday, Oct. 14; Thursday, Oct. 15
12 to 6 p.m.
Former Kmart Building
2310 Hwy 29 S
Alexandria, MN 56308
Alexandria Community COVID-19 Testing: Schedule Appointment

Tuesday, Oct. 13; Wednesday, Oct. 14; Thursday, Oct. 15
12 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday
12 to 3 p.m. on Thursday
The Journey North Community Church
810 2nd St NW
Aitkin, MN 56341
Aitkin Community COVID-19 Testing: Schedule Appointment

St. Cloud
Tuesday, Oct. 13; Wednesday, Oct. 14; Thursday, Oct. 15
12 to 6 p.m.
St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center
10 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
St Cloud Community COVID-19 Testing: Schedule Appointment

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