Minnesota COVID-19 hospital deaths declining
Drop comes amid new drug therapies, improved oxygen management
August 19, 2020
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.