The Minnesota Department of Health reported Wednesday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus now total 1,518, while the total number of positive cases in the state has risen to over 43,700.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 43,742 positive cases, which was up 578 from 43,170 cases on Tuesday, and the 1,518 deaths due to the virus was up eight from 1,510 on Monday, marking the fourth straight day with 10 or fewer deaths reported in the state. They added that 1,180 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. Mower County recorded 994 positive COVID-19 cases Wednesday, four more than the 990 cases reported on Tuesday, Olmsted County now has 1,336 cases, up 17 from 1,319 on Tuesday and Rice County reported 898 cases Wednesday, up three from 895 on Tuesday. Blue Earth County continues to see a sharp rise in its number of cases with 629, up 29 from 600 on Tuesday, Freeborn County remained at 316 cases for the second day in a row and Steele County posted 266 cases again on Wednesday.
Winona County recorded 156 positive COVID-19 cases Wednesday, up six from 150 on Tuesday, Goodhue County now has 146 cases, up four from 142 on Tuesday, Dodge County reported 105 cases Wednesday, up five from 100 on Tuesday and Waseca County now has 82 cases, up two from 80 on Tuesday. Fillmore County remained at 38 cases on Wednesday and Houston County remained at 32 cases for the fifth day in a row.