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Minnesota COVID-19 hospital deaths declining

Drop comes amid new drug therapies, improved oxygen management

 

August 19, 2020

DAVID JOLES • Star Tribune

Health care workers got a COVID-19 patient situated in the ICU at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul in May. Death rates for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 have decreased in Minnesota since the start of the pandemic

Death rates for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 have decreased in Minnesota since the start of the pandemic, as doctors have gained new drugs and understanding of how to treat the infectious disease.

A COVID-Net report provided this week by the Minnesota Department of Health examined outcomes of 4,356 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 through July and found that 12% had died, compared with an earlier report in May showing that 15% had died. Among those requiring intubation or the use of heart-lung machines due to breathing problems and complications from COVID-19, the death rate declined from 53% in the May report to 37%.

Doctors said these trends reflect progress made since the start of the pandemic, when there were no proven treatments for COVID-19, to a summer in which new drugs and therapies are emerging.

https://www.startribune.com/minn-covid-19-hospital-deaths-declining-since-pandemic-s-start/572154832/

 

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