ST PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 806 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the total number of Minnesotans who have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began to 60,898.
MDH says another nine Minnesotans have died of complications from the virus during the past day, bringing the total number of fatalities in the state to 1,657.
Minnesota hospitals are currently treating 312 patients for the coronavirus, with 148 of them dealing with symptoms serious enough to require care in the ICU.
MDH reports that 53,568 people once diagnosed with the virus have recovered enough that they no longer require isolation.
Of those who have tested positive, people between the ages of 20-29 account for the most cases with 14,253 cases and four deaths, and those ages 30-39 follow with 11,163 cases and 14 deaths. Those between 80 and 89 years old account for the highest number of fatalities in one age group at 555, out of 1,969 confirmed cases.
In terms of likely exposure to the coronavirus, MDH says 13,756 cases were the result of community transmission with no known contact with an infected person, and 12,094 had known contact with a person who has a confirmed case.
A total of 8,740 cases involved exposure in a congregate living setting, 801 were in a corrections setting, and 247 were in a homeless shelter. MDH data shows 5,611 were linked to an outbreak outside of congregate living or health care.
MDH says 4,661 cases were linked to travel. Health care workers or patients account for 4,522 of diagnosed COVID-19 cases.
MDH has prioritized testing for people in congregate care, hospitalized patients and health care workers, which may impact the scale of those numbers. However, now MDH is urging anyone who is symptomatic to be tested. Testing locations can be found online.
Hennepin County has the most cases in the state at 19,271, with 835 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with 7,572 cases and 265 deaths. Dakota County reports 4,414 cases and 106 deaths.
The Minnesota Department of Health has said repeatedly that the number of lab-confirmed cases is only the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to the true number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
The state of Minnesota has set up a data portal at mn.gov/covid19.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin's Department of Health Services reported 621 new cases Sunday, as the total number of confirmed cases rose to 60,554.
The state's recent dramatic increase in cases prompted Gov. Tony Evers to issue an emergency order mandating indoor face coverings that began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.
Health officials announced 2 additional deaths Saturday, raising the total number of fatalities statewide to 998. The total number of fatalities is approximately 1.7% of those testing positive for the virus.
Wisconsin health officials say a total of 5,000 people have been hospitalized from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, roughly 8.3% of the total number of people who have been diagnosed with the virus.
Of the confirmed cases in Wisconsin, 25% involve people between the ages of 20 to 29, 17% are between 30 and 39, 14% are between 40 and 49, and 14% are 50 to 59. An estimated 10% are between 10 and 19, and 9% are between 60 and 69.
As of Sunday, Milwaukee County reported the largest number of cases with 21,062 and 456 deaths. Dane County reports 4,536 cases and 39 deaths, while Brown County has registered 4,264 cases and 54 deaths.
A more detailed breakdown of cases by county can be found on the DHS website.
The first positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus in Wisconsin was reported in a patient in Dane County in early February.
The first case in Minnesota was confirmed on March 6.
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