The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported just over 243,000 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials reported 5,102 positive cases Wednesday for a cumulative statewide total of 243,043.  Health officials added that 18,769 healthcare workers in the state have now tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic.  More than 193,800 people have been reported as no longer needing isolation.

Mower County reported 2,062 confirmed and 19 probable COVID-19 cases Wednesday for a cumulative total of 2.081, up 14 from Tuesday.  Olmsted County now has 5,538 cumulative cases, up 106 from Tuesday, and that total marks the fourth straight day with 100 or more new positive cases in the county.  Steele County recorded 1,447 cases Wednesday, up 26 from Tuesday, Freeborn County reported 1,193 cumulative COVID-19 cases Wednesday, up 26 from Tuesday, Dodge County now has 699 cases, up 11 from Tuesday and Fillmore County reported 511 cases Wednesday, up 11 from Tuesday.

Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by a one-day record of 67 to 3,010 since the pandemic started, and health officials reported that 2,066 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 13,892 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization since the start of the pandemic, and 3,307 of those patients have required treatment in intensive care units.