MDH reports number of COVID-19 related deaths now stands at 200; number of total positive cases now over 2,900, Mower County with 27 cases

Health officials in Minnesota reported Thursday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 200, while the total number of cases in the state has eclipsed 2,900.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported that the state now has a total of 2,942 positive cases, an increase of 221 from the 2,721 reported on Wednesday.  The 200 deaths due to the virus was up 21 from the 179 reported on Wednesday, and the state has seen its largest one-day increase in deaths during the pandemic for the second day in a row.  Mower County remained at 27 cases for the second day in a row, and Olmsted County reported 213 cases, up from 204 on Wednesday.  Winona County now has 62 cases, up from 61 on Wednesday and Freeborn County again reported 33 cases.  Blue Earth County reported 26 cases for the second day in a row, and Goodhue County reported 19 cases for the third day in a row.  18 cases of COVID-19 are still being reported in Dodge County, and Fillmore County reported 12 cases Thursday, up from 11 on Wednesday.  Steele County reported ten cases for the second day in a row, while Rice County reported eight, up from seven on Wednesday.  Waseca County is still reporting three cases and Houston County is still reporting one.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 712 total cases requiring hospitalization in Minnesota, with 268 patients hospitalized as of Thursday, and 104 patients are being treated in intensive care.  1,536 patients no longer need to be isolated, and the total approximate number of completed tests in Minnesota stands at 51,548 and counting.