MDH reports 42 additional COVID-19 cases in Mower County for a cumulative total of 2,748; currently approximately 380 active cases in county

The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported just over 333,600 positive COVID-19 cases since  the start of the pandemic.

Health officials reported 6,166 positive cases in Minnesota Thursday for a cumulative statewide total of 333,626. Health officials added that 24,217 healthcare workers in the state have now tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic.  More than 290,000 people have been reported as no longer needing isolation.

Mower County reported 2,717 confirmed and 31 probable COVID-19 cases Thursday for a cumulative total of 2,748, up 42 from Wednesday.  Pam Kellogg, Division Manager with Mower County Health and Human Services reported that there are currently approximately 380 active COVID-19 cases in the county, with the majority of those located in the city of Austin.  Olmsted County now has 7,146 cumulative cases, up 120 from Wednesday, Steele County recorded 2,103 cumulative cases Thursday, up 47 from Wednesday, Freeborn County now has 1,622 cumulative COVID-19 cases, a rise of 26 from Wednesday, Dodge County reported 931 cases Thursday, up 20 from Wednesday and Fillmore County recorded 769 cumulative cases Thursday, up 22 from Wednesday.

Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 92 Thursday for a cumulative total of 3,784 since the pandemic started.  The 92 deaths marked the second-highest one-day total during the pandemic for the second day in a row, behind only 101 deaths reported in the state on November 27th.  Health officials reported that 2,522 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 17,623 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization since the start of the pandemic, and 3,911 of those patients have required treatment in intensive care units.