The Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 1,458, while the total number of positive cases in the state has risen to over 37,000.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 37,210 positive cases, which was up 500 from 36,716 on Wednesday, and the 1,458 deaths due to the virus was up 13 from 1,445 on Wednesday. They added that 1,143 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. Mower County recorded four new positive COVID-19 cases Thursday for a total of 932, Olmsted County now has 1,076 cases, up 18 from 1,058 on Wednesday and Rice County recorded 828 cases Thursday, up four from 824 on Wednesday. Blue Earth County saw its number of positive COVID-19 cases rise by 20 Thursday to 442, Freeborn County now has 289 cases, up three from 286 on Wednesday and Steele County recorded 223 cases Thursday, up four from 219 on Wednesday. Goodhue County reported 127 cases Thursday, up three from 124 on Wednesday, Dodge County now has 83 cases, up two from 81 on Wednesday and Waseca County reported 62 cases Thursday, up four from 58 on Wednesday. Wabasha County reported 31 cases Thursday, Fillmore County stayed at 27 cases for the second day in a row and Houston County recorded 25 cases Thursday, up one from 24 on Wednesday.
The Department of Health reported that there are now 4,112 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with a total of 274 patients being hospitalized as of Thursday, and 123 patients were being treated in intensive care units, two less than on Wednesday. 3,706 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota, and 32,163 patients no longer need to be isolated. The total approximate number of COVID-19 tests administered in Minnesota since the start of the pandemic stands at 630,427 and counting.