MDH reports number of COVID-19 related deaths now total 869, number of positive cases rises to over 20,500; Mower County sees total number of cases rise to 150

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Sunday that the number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 869, while the total number of positive cases in the state has risen to over 20,500.

Health officials reported that the state now has a total of 20,573, which was up 730 from the 19,843 reported on Saturday, and the 869 deaths due to the virus was up 17 from the 852 reported on Saturday.  They added that 709 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  Mower County saw another rise in its number of positive cases on Sunday with 150, up 12 from the 138 reported on Saturday, and Olmsted County now has 551 cases, up nine from 542 on Saturday.  Rice County reported 365 cases on Sunday, up 13 from 352 on Saturday, and Steele County has 140 cases, up two from 138 on Saturday.  Blue Earth County reported 112 cases Sunday, up three from 109 on Saturday, Freeborn County reported 84 cases Sunday, up from 83 on Saturday, and Winona County remained at 77 cases for the second day in a row.  Goodhue County has 52 positive COVID-19 cases, up two from 50 on Saturday, Dodge County remained at 43 cases Sunday and Waseca County remained at 24.  Fillmore County stayed at 17 cases Sunday, Wabasha County still has 16 and Houston County continues to report two.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 2,588 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with 553 patients hospitalized as of Sunday, and 207 patients were being treated in intensive care units.  2,327 healthcare workers in Minnesota have tested positive for coronavirus, and 14,115 patients no longer need to be isolated.  The total approximate number of COVID-19 tests administered  in Minnesota now stands at 197,964 and counting.