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Fifty Minnesotans have died of COVID-19

By: - April 9, 2020 3:25 pm

The coronavirus.

Just over a month after Minnesota reported its first case of COVID-19, 1,242 residents have tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the state announced April 9.

Fifty people have died of COVID-19 in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed 11 deaths between April 8 and April 9, the state’s largest 24-hour total so far.

Of the 1,242 cases cases, 675 people have recovered and no longer need to be isolated, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. As of 4 p.m. April 8, 145 patients were hospitalized, 63 of them in intensive care units.

More than 32,200 Minnesotans have been tested. Nearly 70% of those tests were completed by outside labs, as the Minnesota Department of Health, in the midst of a nationwide testing shortage, limited testing to high-priority individuals: hospitalized patients, health care workers and people living in long-term care facilities.

Check out Minnesota Reformer‘s daily COVID-19 tracker for unemployment data, confirmed cases by county and national numbers.

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Rilyn Eischens
Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the Reformer. Rilyn was born and raised in Minnesota and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.