(St. Paul, MN) – A second person has died from COVID-19 in Martin County, as the Minnesota Department of Health reports nine deaths caused by the disease.
The latest figure is nearly double from the previous day, when MDH reported five deaths. It’s the biggest one-day jump in Minnesota coronavirus deaths since the state’s first confirmed case was reported March 6.
The death in Martin County, and wasn’t linked to long-term care. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the three other latest deaths were among people who lived in a long-term care center in Hennepin County.
There are 62 new positive cases of the virus, the total in Minnesota now at 503.
Hospitalizations have also increased. Thirty-nine people are hospitalized Sunday, compared to 30 people the previous day. MDH totals say 75 people infected with the virus have required hospitalization, 18 more than reported Saturday.
In southern Minnesota, Cottonwood County is reporting its first COVID-19 case, while Martin remains one of the hardest hit rural counties, with 21 positive cases.
Blue Earth County stands at eight positive coronavirus cases, while Nicollet and Waseca counties hold steady with three cases each.
There are 11 cases in Mower County, while neighboring Freeborn County still has not reported a positive case of the virus. Brown and Watonwan counties are also reporting zero cases.
Minnesota is currently under a stay at home order issued by Governor Walz in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease. Residents can still travel for essential needs, including grocery shopping and doctor appointments, go outdoors, or care for elderly family, friends, or neighbors. The order is in effect until April 10.