Four additional positive COVID-19 cases in Mower County for a cumulative total of 1,312

The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported just over 93,000 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials reported 995 positive tests Thursday, bringing the cumulative statewide total to 93,012.  Health officials stated that 9,930 healthcare workers have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.  More than 83,800 people were reported as no longer needing isolation.

Mower County reported 1,312 cumulative COVID-19 cases Thursday, up four from Wednesday.  Pam Kellogg, Community Health Division Manager with Mower County Health and Human Services stated that  there has been a recent uptick in cases in long-term care facilities, with five such facilities in Mower County testing staff and residents on a weekly basis due to either a positive test in a staff member or a resident.  Olmsted County now has 2,367 cumulative cases, up 21 from 2,346 on Wednesday, Steele County recorded 533 cases Thursday, up three from Wednesday and Freeborn County reported 532 cumulative COVID-19 cases Thursday, also up three from Wednesday.  Dodge County now has 218 cases, up four from Wednesday and Fillmore County remained at 111 cases for a second straight day.

Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by three Thursday to 1,988 since the start of the pandemic.  Officials report 1,435 COVID-19 deaths thus far have been from cases that resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities.   

A total of 7,335 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization due to the virus.  Of those, 305 remain in those facilities, with 150 in intensive care units.