Coronavirus testing // MDH 17

The Minnesota Department of Health tests hundreds of samples a day for COVID-19.

Thirty-two more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota, bringing the total to 169, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Sunday.

The Health Department on Saturday announced the first death in the state from coronavirus — a Ramsey County resident in their 80s who contracted COVID-19 from a family member who tested positive for the coronavirus after recently returning from an international trip. No additional deaths were announced on Sunday.

About 4,680 people have been tested by the Health Department’s lab.

Hennepin and Ramsey counties, the most populous in the state, have been the hardest hit with 57 cases in Hennepin and 18 in Ramsey. Fourteen cases have been recorded in Olmsted County, 11 in Dakota and seven in Washington.

Overall, there are cases reported in 28 counties in Minnesota — nearly one-third of counties in the state — but health officials say it is likely more widespread.

As of Saturday, 12 had been hospitalized since the outbreak began. Six were treated and released, and four people were reported to be in critical condition.

Health officials have continued to remind Minnesotans to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by staying home if they’re sick and practicing social distancing. Schools have been closed, along with bars, health clubs and more.

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