Minnesota Sees Biggest Increase In COVID-19 Cases To Date; No New Numbers Immediately Available For Iowa

Thu 5-7-2020

(St. Paul, Mn.)-- The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota continues to increase sharply as we see an increase in testing. For the third day in a row, the Minnesota Department of Health reported a new single day high, with 786 new positive cases yesterday, bringing the state’s total to 9,365. Nobles County saw an increase of 71 new cases, bringing their total to 1,153. Jackson County increased by 4 to 29 positive cases, Martin County held at 111 and Cottonwood County increased 1 to 43.

Deaths in Minnesota topped 500 with 23 new deaths reported. The total stands at 508, of which 407 are among residents in long-term care or assisted living facilities. There are now only 3 counties in Minnesota that have not reported a positive case.

Almost 4,000 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the state’s total to just over 97,000. Total requiring hospitalization is now at 1,459, with 435 of those still in the hospital. The number in ICU increased by 2 to 182. 5,308 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.

No new numbers were immediately available for Iowa this (Thurs.) morning. At her press conference, Governor Kim Reynolds announced the state is in the process of transitioning to a new reporting method.