MDH reports five COVID-19 cases in Mower County from Wednesday to Thursday for a cumulative total of 1,092

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has climbed to 1,837, while the cumulative number of positive cases in the state has risen to over 78,000.

Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 78,123 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, which was up 1,047 from 77,085 on Wednesday, and the 1,837 deaths due to the virus was up seven from 1,830 on Wednesday.  They added that 1,348 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  Mower County reported 1,192 cumulative COVID-19 cases Thursday, which was up five from 1,187 on Wednesday, Olmsted County now has 2,073 cumulative cases, up 15 from 2,058 on Wednesday and Steele County recorded 449 cases Thursday, up eight from 441 on Wednesday.  Freeborn County now has 411 cumulative COVID-19 cases, up nine from 402 on Wednesday, Dodge County recorded 158 cases for the second day in a row and Fillmore County reported 86 cases for a fifth straight day.

272 patients were being hospitalized for COVID-19 in Minnesota as of Thursday, which was down 25 from 297 on Wednesday and 138 of those patients were being treated in intensive care units, which was up three from 135 on Wednesday.  70,175 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.