MDH reports number of COVID-19 related deaths climbs to 1,186; total number of positive cases in the state now over 27,800; Mower County with just over 500 positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Sunday that the total number of deaths due to the COViD-19, or coronavirus has climbed to 1,186, while the total number of positive cases in the state has risen to over 27,800.

Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 27,886 positive cases, which was up 388 from the 27,498 reported on Saturday, and the 1,186 deaths due to the virus was up 16 from 1,170 reported on Saturday.  They added that 949 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  For the fourth day in a row, Mower County saw a significant rise in its number of positive COVID-19 cases Sunday with 504, up 22 from 482 on Saturday.  Olmsted County saw its number of positive cases rise sharply Sunday with 711, up 102 from 609 on Saturday, Rice County recorded 576 cases Sunday, up 11 from 565 on Saturday and Freeborn County now has 177 cases, up seven from 170 on Saturday.  Steele County has 172 cases, up only one from 171 on Saturday, Blue Earth County reported 152 cases Sunday, up one from 151 on Saturday and Winona County recorded 85 Sunday, up two from 83 on Saturday.  Goodhue County now has 77 cases, up one from 76 on Saturday, Dodge County remained at 55 cases and Waseca County reported  30 cases, down one from 31 on Saturday.  Wabasha and Fillmore Counties each reported 20 cases on Sunday and Houston County is still reporting three.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 3,367 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with a total of 450 patients being hospitalized as of Sunday, and 199 patients were being treated in intensive care units.  2,956 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota, and 22,292 patients no longer need to be isolated.  The total approximate number of COVID-19 tests administered thus far in Minnesota stands at 344,203 and counting.