St Paul (KROC AM News) - A second Minnesotan has succumbed to COVID-19.

The Minnesota Department of Health has released this statement:

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

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. 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."

The state's overall number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased by nearly 60 from Wednesday.Thursday's total was put at 346. Olmsted County's total increased by 8 to 29. Olmsted County Public Health Director Graham Briggs says 3 Olmsted County residents are currently hospitalized due to the viral illness. Governor Tim Waz says 44 Minnesotans have been hospitalized and 18 are being treated in intensive care units.

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