The Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 1,249, while the total number of positive cases in the state has risen above 29,000.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 29,316 positive cases, which was up 453 from the 28,869 cases reported on Wednesday, and the 1,249 deaths due to the virus was up 13 from 1,236 on Wednesday. They added that 994 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. For the second day in a row, Mower County recorded 30 or more positive cases of COVID-19 with 604, up 30 from 574 on Wednesday. Olmsted County reported 752 cases Thursday, up 12 from 740 on Wednesday, Rice County saw another double-digit increase in its number of positive cases with 604, up ten from 594 Wednesday and Freeborn County reached 200 positive COVID-19 cases Thursday, up three from 197 on Wednesday. Steele County stayed at 173 cases for the fourth straight day Thursday, Blue Earth County recorded 157 cases Thursday, up three from 154 on Wednesday and Goodhue County remained at 86 cases for the second straight day. Dodge County now has 57 cases, up two from 55 on Wednesday, Waseca County recorded 32 cases for the third straight day, Wabasha and Fillmore Counties each again reported 20 caes Thursday and Houston County again reported five.
The Department of Health reported that there are now 3,522 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with a total of 427 patients being hospitalized as of Thursday, and 196 patients were being treated in intensive care units. 3,061 healthcare workers in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, and 24,870 patients no longer need to be isolated. The total approximate number of COVID-19 tests administered thus far in Minnesota stands at 381,841 and counting.