UPDATE: First Confirmed Coronavirus Case In Clay County
*Correction: This story initially reported one of the new cases was in Wadena County. That was revealed at a press conference this afternoon. Just after 9 p.m., the Minnesota Department of Health issued a correction stating that after further investigation the person lived in Clay County, not Wadena County.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota rose to 89 on Thursday, up 12 from the day before.
The new cases include one in Clay County in western Minnesota.
The count of confirmed cases from the Minnesota Department of Health is lower than the total number of people infected across the state because not everyone who gets sick qualifies for testing.
New applications for unemployment insurance in Minnesota for the week topped 72,000 as of Wednesday night, according to updated figures from the Department of Employment and Economic Development. The department has been taking more than 2,000 applications per hour due to layoffs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild cases of COVID-19 recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe cases may take three to six weeks to get better.