The Minnesota Department of Health reported Wednesday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 1,793, while the cumulative total of positive cases in the state has now risen to over 71,000.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 71,236 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, which was up 542 from 70,707 on Tuesday, and the 1,793 deaths due to the virus was up 14 from 1,779 on Tuesday. They added that 1,325 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities, 10 more than the 1,315 such deaths reported on Tuesday. Mower County reported 1,162 cumulative COVID-19 cases Wednesday, down one from 1,163 on Tuesday. Olmsted County now has 1,947 cumulative cases, up 19 from 1,928 on Tuesday, Steele County recorded 401 cases Wednesday, up one from 400 on Tuesday and Freeborn County now has 390 cases since the start of the pandemic, a sharp drop of nine from Tuesday. Dodge County now has 147 cases, down one from 148 on Tuesday and Fillmore County recorded 83 cumulative cases Wednesday, up two from 81 on Tuesday.
304 patients were being hospitalized for COVID-19 in Minnesota as of Wednesday, which was down eight from 312 on Tuesday and 134 of those patients were being treated in intensive care units, which was down three from 137 on Tuesday. 64,374 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.