MDH: 1,478 newly-reported COVID-19 cases, state surpasses 2,000 total deaths

MDH: 1,478 newly-reported COVID-19 cases, state  surpasses 2,000 total deaths Photo: KSTP-TV.

Updated: September 26, 2020 12:05 PM
Created: September 26, 2020 11:08 AM

Saturday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported 10 new deaths from COVID-19, as well as 1,478 newly reported positive COVID-19 tests.

So far, 2,004 people have died of the coronavirus in Minnesota, including 1,444 in long-term care and assisted living facilities.


To date, 7,443 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Minnesota.       

According to MDH, the 1,478 newly reported positive COVID-19 tests in Minnesota on Saturday brought the state's total to 95,659 since pandemic record-keeping began.

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A total of 85,259 patients have recovered, or are recovering, and no longer need isolation, according to MDH.

As of Saturday, approximately 1.9 million tests have been completed in Minnesota and about 1.3 million people have been tested.

See the full Minnesota COVID-19 situation update here.

According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the virus has infected more than 32.6 million people worldwide and killed about 990,134 people.

About 22.5 million people worldwide have recovered as of Saturday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients with confirmed COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory problems, with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some patients report having muscle aches, headache, sore throat, and/or chills and shaking.

Note: According to MDH - "Because all data are preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths."

Additionally, MDH issued the following note about its hospitalization data:

As of 9/24, changes to hospitalization data more clearly show how many people in Minnesota required admission to a hospital and ICU.

  • “Total hospitalizations” and “Cases admitted to a hospital” include both ICU and non-ICU admissions.
  • Admission dates are when the case was first admitted to the hospital. In most cases, the original admission was for COVID.
  • Cases hospitalized before they were diagnosed with COVID also use original admission dates. This is the reason for admission dates before the first case was identified in Minnesota.

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