MDH reports eight additional COVID-19 cases Friday for a cumulative total of 1,535, state breaks record for most positive cases in one day for the second day in a row

The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported over 145,400 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials reported 3,165 positive tests Friday, bringing the cumulative statewide total to 145,465.  The 3,165 positive tests broke the record set Thursday for the most positive tests in one day with 2,872.  Health officials added that 14,304 healthcare workers in the state have now tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.  More than 125,000 people have been reported as no longer needing isolation.

Mower County reported 1,535 confirmed and 18 probable COVID-19 cases Friday for a cumulative total of 1,553, up eight from Thursday.  Olmsted County now has 3,449 cumulative cases, up 46 from Thursday, and the total also marked the third straight day of 40+ cases in the county in a single day.  Steele County recorded 817 cases Friday, up 17 from Thursday, Freeborn County now has 727 cumulative COVID-19 cases, up nine from Thursday, Dodge County reported 420 cases Friday, up seven from Thursday and Fillmore County recorded 284 cumulative cases Friday, also up seven from Thursday.

Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 18 Friday to 2,437 since the pandemic began, and health officials reported that 1,701 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 10,119 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization since the pandemic began, and 2,665 of those patients have required treatment in intensive care units.