The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported nearly 116,000 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Health officials reported 1,254 positive tests Wednesday, bringing the cumulative statewide total to 115,943. The 1,254 positive tests also marked the seventh straight day of 1,000 or more positive tests in the state. Health officials stated that 11,912 healthcare workers in the state have now tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began. More than 103,800 people were reported as no longer needing isolation.
Mower County reported 1,435 confirmed and 18 probable COVID-19 cases Wednesday for a cumulative total of 1,453, up 22 from Tuesday. Olmsted County now has 2,884 cumulative cases, up 23 from Tuesday, Steele County recorded 668 cases Wednesday, up nine from Tuesday and Freeborn County now has 597 cumulative COVID-19 cases, up four from Tuesday. Dodge County reported 341 cumulative cases Wednesday, up three from Tuesday and Fillmore County now has 211 cases, up four from Tuesday.
Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus shot up 29 Wednesday for a cumulative total of 2,180 since the start of the pandemic, and the 29 deaths marked the first increase of 20 or more COVID-19 related deaths in the state since 25 deaths were reported on June 12th. Health officials reported that 1,535 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 8,585 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization since the pandemic began, and 2,346 of those patients have required treatment in intensive care units.