The Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus in the state has risen to 1,685, while the cumulative total of positive cases in the state has now risen to nearly 63,000.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 62,993 positive cases since the start of the pandemic, which was up 697 from 62,296 on Wednesday, and the 1,685 deaths due to the virus was up seven from 1,678 on Wednesday. They added that 1,263 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. Mower County now has 1,111 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, which was up four from 1,107 on Wednesday. Community Health Division Manager for Mower County Pam Kellogg recently stated that the county has been averaging anywhere from 30-35 active infectious cases at one time for the past three weeks, and she added that approximately 90% of those cases are in the city of Austin, while the other 10% reside in other areas of the county. Olmsted County now has 1,791 cumulative cases, which was up ten from 1,781 on Wednesday. Freeborn County reported 361 cases Thursday, up one from 360 on Wednesday, Steele County now has 356 cases, up five from 361 on Wednesday and Dodge County remained at 131 cumulative cases for the second straight day. Fillmore County recorded 72 cases Thursday, up one from 71 on Wednesday.
308 patients were being hospitalized for COVID-19 in Minnesota as of Thursday, which was down 27 from 335 on Wednesday. 154 of those patients were being treated in intensive care units, which was unchanged from Wednesday. 56,346 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.