The Minnesota Department of Health reported Monday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus again rose by single digits to 1,576, while the total number of positive cases in the state has risen to just over 51,800.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 51,803 positive cases, which was up 650 from 51,153 on Sunday, and the total Monday broke a string of four straight days with 700 or more new cases in the state. The 1,576 deaths due to the virus was up two from 1,574 on Sunday, and they added that both deaths occurred from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. Mower County saw its number of positive COVID-19 cases increase from 1,038 on Sunday to 1,052 on Monday, Olmsted County now has 1,525 cases, 10 more than the 1,515 cases reported on Sunday, Rice County reported 953 cases Monday, up six from 947 on Sunday and Blue Earth County now has 774 cases, up seven from 767 on Sunday. Freeborn County recorded 342 positive COVID-19 cases Monday, up four from 338 on Sunday and Steele County now has 311 cases, up two from 309 on Sunday.
Winona County reported 221 cases Monday, up four from 217 on Sunday, Goodhue County remained at 159 cases for the second day in a row, Dodge County stayed at 118 cases for a third straight day and Waseca County now has 115 cases, up two from 113 on Sunday. Wabasha County recorded 66 cases Monday, up one from 65 on Sunday, Fillmore County now has 55 cases, up two from 53 on Sunday and Houston County recorded 34 cases Monday, up one from 33 on Sunday.
257 patients were being hospitalized for COVID-19 in Minnesota at last word, which was down 16 from 273 on Sunday, and 126 of those patients were being treated in intensive care units, which was up 11 from 115 on Sunday. A total of 45,198 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.