2nd Coronavirus-Related Death Reported In Minnesota

William Bornhoft

This article originally appeared on the Southwest Minneapolis Patch

MINNESOTA — The Minnesota Department of Health Thursday reported the second confirmed death of a Minnesota resident due to the new coronavirus. The person lived in Ramsey County.

"We are saddened to report that a second Minnesotan has died from a confirmed case of COVID-19," the department said in a statement. "As with the first death announced March 21, this second death involved a resident of Ramsey County in their 80s."

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As of March 26, 346 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Minnesota. A total of 31 people are currently hospitalized.

  • Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 134
  • Total approximate number of completed tests: 12,950
    • Approximate number of completed tests from the MDH Public Health Lab: 6,849
    • Approximate number of completed tests from external laboratories: 6,101

"We share our condolences with the family and friends of the deceased person, and we will continue to work hard to prevent additional illnesses and deaths in Minnesota," the department continued.

"All Minnesotans can help us in this work by following the state’s guidance to stay at home, practice social distancing and be diligent about washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes."

Officials plan to provide additional information on the second death Thursday afternoon.

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