Minnesota's COVID 19 update for November 18

MINNESOTA – The Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday reported 67 COVID-19 related deaths, along with just over 5,100 newly diagnosed cases of the coronavirus.

As Worthington’s ISD 518 reported they will stay with all distance learning for all students until January, local numbers for new cases took a bit of a dip on Wednesday, with Cottonwood County reporting four new cases, Jackson and Murray County five each, Nobles County nine, Pipestone County four and Rock County six.

The state has seen over 242,000 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, with 3,010 deaths and almost 194,000 of the people who got the virus no longer requiring isolation.

In the 6-county area of southwest Minnesota, 57 people have died with COVID-19.

More than 1,600 people are in Minnesota hospitals now because of the virus, with more than 300 needing intensive care. The state’s hospitals, short on staff and capacity, are bracing themselves for what they expect to be a wave of new patients, new cases, new ICU admissions in the coming weeks, as people who have fallen ill during the recent surge get sicker.

And while statewide testing has expanded dramatically, the rate of testing is nowhere near the rate of new case growth.

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