There have been at least nine COVID-19-related deaths in Minnesota according to the latest numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health. Of the four most recent deaths, three were in people living in long-term care facilities in Hennepin County.

“We know the vulnerability of the population in these care settings and the relative ease of spread if there’s not great vigilance around isolation and distancing of residents and stepped up infection control.”

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says 503 people have tested positive for the virus in the state. At least 17,657 COVID-19 tests have been completed.

Malcolm says because of limited testing, Malcolm says the reported numbers are “just the tip of the iceberg.”

Most of the cases, 171, have been confirmed in Hennepin County, 47 cases have been confirmed in Olmstead County and 46 in Ramsey. Updated numbers are expected later this (MON) morning.

Malcolm says it will likely be a week to 10 days before officials are able to determine if a stay at home order in Minnesota is having a positive impact on slowing down the spread of COVID-19. As for what happens next after that, Malcolm says she and Governor Tim Walz will have “deep conversations” about state-level mitigation strategies…

As of Sunday, nine Minnesotans have died from COVID-19 and 503 people have tested positive for the virus.