The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported over 170,300 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Health officials reported a new single-day high for positive COVID-19 cases for the third straight day Friday with 5,454, bringing the cumulative statewide total to 170,307, and the total also marked the tenth straight day with 2,000 or more positive cases in the state in one day. Health officials added that 15,610 healthcare workers in the state have now tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic. More than 139,100 people have been reported as no longer needing isolation.
Mower County reported 1,630 confirmed and 17 probable COVID-19 cases Friday for a cumulative total of 1,647, up 26 from Thursday. Olmsted County now has 4,044 cumulative cases, up 114 from Thursday, and the total marked the second straight day of 100 or more newly confirmed cases in the county in one day. Steele County recorded 954 cases Friday, up 37 from Thursday, Freeborn County reported 840 cumulative COVID-19 cases Friday, up 29 from Thursday, Dodge County now has 484 cases, up 11 from Thursday and Fillmore County reported 330 cases Friday, up six from Thursday.
Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 36 Friday to 2,591 since the pandemic began, and the 36 deaths marked a new one-day high for the state. Health officials reported that 1,800 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 11,193 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization since the start of the pandemic, and 2,864 of those patients have required treatment in intensive care units.