Public health officials in Minnesota announced Thursday that there are now 89 cases in the state, an increase of 12 from Wednesday.
That number includes the first case in Mower County and six cases in Olmsted County. Just over 3,000 tests have been conducted.
Counties with cases: Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Clay, Dakota, Hennepin, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Rice, Scott, Stearns, Waseca, Washington, Wright.
Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresman says some of the 89 cases in the state have recovered and been released from isolation. Four people have been hospitalized due to the coronavirus and one of them remains in critical condition.
Ehresman emphasizes that these 89 cases are just the "tip of the iceberg" and they believe the virus is widespread and being transmitted from person to person in Minnesota. However, Ehresman says the vast majority of people who get the COVID-19 coronavirus experience only mild symptoms. Ehresman says people should not be panicking over this disease but they should be staying home if they are sick and following all social distancing guidelines.
Answers, symptoms and prevention | Closings around southern Minnesota, northern Iowa | For complete Coronavirus coverage, click here | Iowa Department of Health info | Minnesota Department of Health info | Daily timeline of cases in Minnesota, Iowa