The Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has climbed to 1,148, and the total number of positive cases in the state has climbed to nearly 27,000.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 26,980 positive cases, which was up 712 from the 26,273 reported on Thursday, and the 1,148 deaths due to the virus was up 33 from 1,115 reported on Thursday. They added that 922 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. For the second day in a row, Mower County recorded 40 new positive COVID-19 cases in one day to bring the county’s total to 446, up from 406 on Thursday. Olmsted County now has 689 cases, up 17 from 672 recorded on Thursday, Rice County saw a significant jump in its number of positive cases Friday with 524, up 41 from 483 on Thursday and Steele County recorded 170 cases Friday, up three from 167 on Thursday. Freeborn County saw a double-digit increase in positive COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row with 159, up 17 from 142 recorded on Thursday, Blue Earth County recorded 149 cases Friday, up only one from Thursday, Winona County now has 81 cases, up one from 80 on Thursday and Goodhue County has 73 cases, up two from 71 reported on Thursday. Dodge County reported 54 cases Friday, up one from 53 on Thursday, Waseca County now has 29 cases, up two from 27 on Thursday, Wabasha County recorded 20 cases Friday, up two from 18 on Thursday, Fillmore County remained at 17 cases Friday and Houston County recorded three cases Friday, up one from two on Thursday.
The Department of Health reported that there are now 3,289 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with a total of 478 patients being hospitalized as of Friday, and 220 patients were being treated in intensive care units. 2,890 healthcare workers in the state have tested positive for COVID-19, and 21,864 patients no longer need to be isolated. The total approximate number of COVID-19 tests administered thus far in Minnesota stands at 322,340 and counting.