COVID-19
Editors note: All case numbers reflect laboratory-confirmed cases by the Minnesota Department of Health. 
 
Sunday, March 29
The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed four more deaths since yesterday state-wide. More information is to come during today's scheduled 2 p.m. media briefing. 

Washington County continues to see a rise, with 27 cases listed today. Anoka County saw an increase to 17 cases. Chisago County, as reported yesterday, is down to just one case. 
MDH officials continue to stress that these numbers reflect laboratory-confirmed cases, and "we know" that there are other cases that cannot be confirmed due to testing limitations.
 
Saturday, March 28
The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed another death: a patient in their 70s from Hennepin County. 
While Washington County and Anoka County numbers continue to rise, Chisago County saw a drop from its two cases to now just one, indicating that a person has recovered.
Washington County currently has 25 cases.
 
Friday, March 27
The Minnesota Department of Health have confirmed two more deaths in Minnesota due to the COVID-19 virus, bringing the total to four. 
Washington County has seen its biggest jump of laboratory-confirmed cases yet, up to 22 from yesterday's 15. Anoka County rose from eight to 10. Chisago County still remains at two cases.

Statewide, there have been 398 confirmed cases out of 14,003 tests. There have been 51 cases hospitalized, and 34 of those cases are still hospitalized.  

Thursday, March 26
The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the second death of a Minnesota resident.
The number of COVID-19 laboratory-confirmed cases in Washington County rose to 15, while Anoka County gained one case, bringing the case total to eight. Chisago County still has two confirmed cases. Statewide, there have been 346 confirmed cases out of 12,950 tests. There have been 41 cases hospitalized, and 31 of those cases are still hospitalized. 
 
Wednesday, March 25
The number of COVID-19 laboratory-confirmed cases in Washington County rose to 13. On Tuesday, the numbers for Anoka, Chisago and Washington County remained the same, at seven, two, and 10, respectively. The number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Minnesota has risen to 287, with roughly 11,000 tests completed. Minnesota Department of Health officials continued to state that they know there are more cases out there they do not know of yet, or haven't had laboratory confirmations, yet. 
In Minnesota, there are currently 26 patients who are hospitalized, with a total of 35 hospitalizations since the first case was reported. 
 
Monday, March 23
Washington County surpassed Anoka County over the weekend in number of cases, rising to 10 cases over Anoka County's seven. 
A second case in Chisago County was also confirmed, and according to the Chisago County Health Department, is to be considered "community spread."
There are currently 235 confirmed cases in Minnesota. Over the weekend, a person in their 80s from Ramsey County became the first person in Minnesota to die from the COVID-19 virus.
 
Friday, March 20
The Minnesota Department of Health updated its case information to include one case in Chisago County. Yesterday, Anoka County's numbers were raised to five. 
The MDH does not indicate cities due to patient confidentiality. The total number of cases in Minnesota has risen to 115, an increase of 26 from the day prior, the largest one-day increase since the first case was announced in the state. As of yesterday, 3,856 people have been tested in the state.
The first patient from Anoka County remains in critical condition.
 
 
Wednesday, March 18
The Minnesota Department of Health has updated the COVID-19 case count in Anoka and Washington County to 3 cases each, up from 1 each yesterday.
The case in Anoka County previously reported as critical condition is still listed as critical.
The MDH does not indicate which cities these cases originated due to patient confidentiality.
So far no cases have been reported in Chisago County.
 
 

Hannah Davis is the Area Editor at the Forest Lake Times. You can contact her at hannah.davis@ecm-inc.com or (763)233-0709

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