Map of coronavirus cases in Minnesota: Latest on COVID-19 infections and vaccinations
New data each weekday. Last updated: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2:03 p.m.
Wondering about the state of Minnesota’s coronavirus outbreak?
As of Thursday, Jan. 14, there were 441,935 reported cases and 5,817 deaths in Minnesota. Here’s where the cases are:
At least one case has been reported in all of Minnesota’s 87 counties. The majority are in the Twin Cities metro and around meat processing facilities.
Health providers began vaccinating residents in mid-December with frontline health workers, nursing home residents and their caregivers at the top of the priority list. So far, 153,332 people have gotten at least one dose and 15,082 have gotten both doses, which is required for the beds immune response.
Here’s a breakdown by county:
Since the outbreak began, 23,113 patients have needed hospital care with 4,836 requiring intensive care.
The state Department of Health is now releasing the names of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living centers, that have at least one resident, staffer or outside contractor who tested positive for the coronavirus. The list only includes the facilities with 10 or more residents.
Facilities are removed from the list if they’ve had no exposure for 28 days. Here’s where they are:
CORONAVIRUS TESTING IN MN
Minnesota public and private labs have performed at least 6 million diagnostic tests from 3.1 million people since the Minnesota got the ability to screen locally in early March. Some patients have been tested more than once.
Health officials began reporting the results of antigen tests Oct. 13. Those tests are quicker and do not require a laboratory for processing, but they are considered less reliable than the DNA tests used since the start of the pandemic.
Minnesota leaders announced April 22 a partnership with the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic and other health provides to greatly expand testing. By the end of June, the state had reached its goal of being able to test as many as 25,000 samples each day and plans were in the works to open a new lab in Oakdale in October to process more saliva-based tests.
Cases of coronavirus have spiked in younger Minnesotans since mid-June when restrictions on bars, restaurants and other places people gather were relaxed. People in their 20s are now the largest age group with known infections with more than 84,000 cases.
Most Minnesotans who’ve contracted the coronavirus, about 420,919 patients, have recovered enough that they no longer need to be isolated.
Of the 5,817 who’ve died of COVID-19, 3,716 fatalities have been residents of long-term care. There are another 68 fatalities health officials suspect were caused by the coronavirus, but the person never tested positive for the virus.
Serious and fatal cases are uncommon in younger patients. But COVID-19 is more likely to be severe in Minnesotans who are older and have underlying health conditions.
U.S. and worldwide number of cases and deaths
Worldwide, there were at least 92,747,607 reported cases and at least 1,985,836 reported deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The U.S. has more cases and fatalities than any country in the world. Nationally, there were at least 23,194,318 reported cases and at least 386,577 reported deaths, according to the university’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
What is canceled and closed
Gov. Tim Walz issued a “Stay at Home” order for Minnesota starting March 27 through April 10, and then extended the order twice through May 18.
Walz said May 13 that he is allowing the order to expire. In its place will be a “Stay Safe Minnesota” order that allows for more businesses to reopen if they have a safety plan and don’t let customers fill more than 50 percent of their capacity.
On May 20, Walz announced that bars and restaurants may reopen June 1 for outdoor dining, with salons and barbershops also allowed to resume at 25 percent capacity.
On June 5, Walz loosened the restrictions to allow for indoor dining starting June 10, as well as the reopening of gyms and outdoor pools and indoor gatherings up to 10 people.
Public schools in Minnesota were closed through the spring. State officials announced in late July that county level infection data will be used to help school leaders decide whether it is safe to have in person classes.
On Nov. 18, as record numbers of Minnesotans were getting sick and dying from COVID-19, Walz announced a four-week stoppage for youth sports and on-site commerce at restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, as well as a prohibition on social gatherings involving people from multiple households.
On Dec. 17, the governor issued extended, but modified, restrictions that maintained a prohibition on indoor dinning, but allowed gyms and sports to restart under restrictions. It also allow and encourages elementary schools to reopen for in-person instruction.
Restaurants were allowed to reopen for indoor services Jan. 11 at 50 percent capacity.
How to stay healthy and prevent transmission
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends people take the same precautions as avoiding colds and flu: wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, stay home if you are sick, and cover your cough.
The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face mask when you’re in a public place where it’s difficult to maintain social distancing. While the mask may not protect you from acquiring the virus, it may prevent you from transmitting it to others.
The Minnesota Department of Health also recommends that people 65 and older, and people of any age who have underlying health conditions that put them at a higher risk of severe illness from the coronavirus, should stay at home, avoid gatherings and other potential COVID-19 exposures, and not travel.
You can make your own hand sanitizer.
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It’s also recommended that you try to not touch your face, which can serve as an entry point for microbes. Try these handy tips to avoid touching your face.
The CDC also recommends cleaning all “high-touch” surfaces — which includes your phone. Here’s how to properly clean your phone without damaging it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says symptoms can appear 2 to 14 days after infection. Symptoms may include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
What to do if you think you are sick
If you think you are sick with COVID-19, you should call your health care provider and let them know you may have the virus before going for an appointment.
The CDC recommends the following for those who think they are sick:
- Isolate at home, avoiding public areas and public transportation
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
- Wear a facemask when around other people
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Dispose of used tissues in a lined trash can
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
- Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces
- Monitor your symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if they worsen
If you develop emergency warning signs, get medical attention immediately. These signs include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
If you have questions about the coronavirus, you can call the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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