The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported over 201,700 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Health officials reported 7,228 positive cases Thursday for a cumulative statewide total of 201,795. The 7,228 cases broke the record for the most positive COVID-19 cases in the state in one day, which had been 5,924 on November 8th. The total also marked the 16th straight day with 2,000 or more cases in the state in a single day. Health officials added that 16,856 healthcare workers in the state have now tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic. More than 159,400 people have been reported as no longer needing isolation.
Mower County reported 1,696 confirmed and 17 probable COVID-19 cases Thursday for a cumulative total of 1,713, up nine from Wednesday. Olmsted County now has 4,394 cumulative cases, up 69 from Wednesday, Steele County recorded 1,055 cases Thursday, up 25 from Wednesday and Freeborn County now has 944 cumulative COVID-19 cases, up 19 from Wednesday. Dodge County reported 519 cases Thursday, up nine from Wednesday and Fillmore County recorded 391 cumulative cases Thursday, up 13 from Wednesday.
Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 39 Thursday to 2,973 since the pandemic started, and health officials reported that 1,921 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in the state have been from cases that resided in long-term care, or assisted living facilities.
A total of 12,443 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization since the start of the pandemic, and 3,086 of those patients have required treatment in intensive care units.