MDH reports death toll from COVID-19 pandemic stands at 1,217; total number of positive cases now over 28,500; Mower County reporting 537 positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Tuesday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen above 1,200, while the total number of positive cases in the state has risen above 28,500.

Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 28,523 positive cases, which was up 307 from the 28,224 cases reported on Monday, and the 1,217 deaths due to the virus was up 20 from 1,197 on Monday.   They added that 968 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  Mower County saw an increase of 13 positive COVID-19 cases Tuesday for a total of 537, up from 524 on Monday; Olmsted County recorded 727 cases, up five from 722 on Monday and Rice County reported 593 cases Tuesday, up six from 587 recorded on Monday.  Freeborn County reported 188 cases Tuesday, up three from 185 on Monday, Steele County remained at 173 cases Tuesday and Blue Earth County recorded 153 cases, up only one from 152 on Monday.  Goodhue County now has 83 positive COVID-19 cases, up four from 79 on Monday, Dodge County stayed at 55 cases and Waseca County recorded 32 cases Tuesday, up two from 30 on Monday.  Fillmore and Wabasha Counties each reported 20 cases again on Tuesday, and Houston County now has five cases, up one from four on Monday.  

The Department of Health reported that there are now 3,441 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with a total of 455 patients being hospitalized as of Tuesday, and 199 patients were being treated in intensive care units. 3,006 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota, and 24,221 patients no longer need to be isolated.  The total approximate number of COVID-19 tests administered thus far in Minnesota stands at 360,991 and counting.