COVID-19 update for June 17
MINNESOTA – Another 12 deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Health, along with 419 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
The death toll across the state has reached 1,325, with over 1,000 of those coming from long-term care facilities.
There have now been just under 31,300 cases of COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began, with 3,250 of those diagnosed being health care workers. Just over 27,400 of people diagnosed no longer require isolation.
Two closely watched measures — the daily number of people currently hospitalized (351) and those needing intensive care (181) — continue to fall. Intensive care cases are at their lowest point in more than a month.
Officials continue to implore Minnesotans to continue wearing masks in public spaces and keep social distancing. People who feel flu-like symptoms should get tested and people who feel ill should stay home.
In southwest Minnesota, Cottonwood County has continued to add cases, with 4 more being listed on Wednesday. This brings that county’s total confirmed cases to 115. No new cases were added Wednesday in Nobles or other nearby counties.
Just as much of the US was improving, several states are going backward in the fight against the coronavirus with record-high daily case or hospitalization numbers.
Florida, Texas and Arizona have all set records for daily new cases this week. They're among 21 states across the country with increasing trends in new cases from one week to the next.