The Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus in the state has risen to 1,745, while the cumulative total of positive cases in the state has eclipsed 67,000.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 67,308 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, which was up 698 from 66,618 cases on Wednesday, and the 1,745 deaths due to the virus was up seven from 1,738 on Wednesday. They added that 1,298 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. Mower County reported five additional positive COVID-19 cases from Wednesday to Thursday, bringing the county’s total for the pandemic to 1,139. Mower County Community Health Division Manager Pam Kellogg reported that approximately 25-30 cases of COVID-19 were still active in Mower County at last word. Olmsted County now has 1,877 cumulative cases, up 11 from 1,866 on Wednesday, Steele County recorded 378 cases Thursday, up three from 375 on Wednesday and Freeborn County now has 377 cumulative cases, up two from 375 on Wednesday. Dodge County reported 143 cases Thursday, up one from 142 on Wednesday and Fillmore County remained at 78 cases for a second straight day.
309 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 in Minnesota as of Thursday, which was down 12 from 321 on Wednesday, and 148 of those patients were being treated in intensive care units, which was down four from 148 on Wednesday. 60,605 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.