MDH reports 72 additional COVID-19 cases in Mower County Friday for a cumulative total of 2,485; state sets one-day record for coronavirus deaths

The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported just over 295,000 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials reported 5,704 positive cases Friday for a cumulative statewide total of 295,001.  Health officials added that 21,846 healthcare workers in the state have now tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic.  More than 244,900 people have been reported as no longer needing isolation.

Mower County reported 2,459 confirmed and 26 probable COVID-19 cases Friday for a cumulative total of 2,485, up 72 from Thursday.  Olmsted County now has 6,399 cumulative cases, a spike of 136 from Thursday, Steele County recorded 1,833 cases Friday, up 51 from Thursday and Freeborn County reported 1,479 cumulative COVID-19 cases Friday, up 30 from Thursday.  Dodge County now has 823 cases, up 17 from Thursday and Fillmore County recorded 651 cases Friday, a rise of 19 from Thursday.

The state of Minnesota set a dubious record Friday with 101 COVID-19 related deaths being reported, breaking the one-day record of 72 deaths set first on November 19th, and again on November 25th.  Health officials reported that 2,355 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 16,043 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization since the start of the pandemic, and 3,638 of those patients have required treatment in intensive care units.