The Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to just over 1,400, while the total number of positive cases in the state has climbed above 34,000.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 34,123 positive COVID-19 cases, which was up 365 from 33,763 on Wednesday, and the 1,406 deaths due to the virus was up nine from 1,397 on Wednesday, marking the fifth straight day with ten or fewer coronavirus deaths in the state. They added that 1,107 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. For the fifth straight day, Mower County saw a double-digit increase in its number of positive COVID-19 cases Thursday with 847, up 19 from 828 on Wednesday, Olmsted County reported 948 cases Thursday, up 10 from 938 on Wednesday and Rice County recorded 771 cases Thursday, up 10 from 761 on Wednesday. Blue Earth County’s number of cases continues to rise with 281, up 16 from 265 on Wednesday, Freeborn County now has 262 positive COVID-19 cases, up three from 259 on Wednesday and Steele County recorded 206 cases Thursday, up four from 202 on Wednesday. Goodhue County remained at 109 cases for the second straight day, Dodge County stayed at 67 cases Thursday and Waseca County recorded 46 cases Thursday, up one from 45 on Wednesday. Wabasha County reported 29 COVID-19 cases Thursday, up one from 28 on Wednesday, Fillmore County remained at 23 cases and Houston County reported 16 cases Thursday, up one from 15 on Wednesday.
The Department of Health reported that there are now 3,943 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with a total of 336 patients being hospitalized as of Thursday, and 162 patients were being treated in intensive care units. 3,486 healthcare workers in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, and 29,854 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 542,696 and counting.