MDH reports number of COVID-19 related deaths rises 13 Monday to 591; total number of positive cases rises over 11,700

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has climbed to 591, while the total number of positive cases in the state has climbed above 11,700.

Health officials reported that the state now has a total of 11,799 positive cases, which was up 528 from the 11,271 reported on Sunday, and the 591 deaths due to the virus was up 13 from the 578 reported on Sunday.  They added that 472 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  Mower County reported 45 positive COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row, and Olmsted County reported 374 cases Monday, up from 368 on Sunday.  Rice County saw its number of positive cases increase by double digits yet again on Monday with 126, up 12 from the 114 reported on Sunday, and Winona County remained at 71 cases Monday. Blue Earth County saw its number of positive cases rise from 65 on Sunday to 67 on Monday, Steele County saw its number of positive cases rise from 60 on Sunday to 65 on Monday, Freeborn County reported 46 cases Monday, up from 44 Sunday, Dodge County still has 26 positive cases and Goodhue County still is reporting 25.  Waseca County reported 16 COVID-19 cases again on Monday and Houston County continued to report two.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 1,716 total cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with 452 patients hospitalized as of Monday, and 194 patients were being treated in intensive care units.  1,379 healthcare workers in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, and 7,536 patients no longer need to be isolated.  The total approximate number of tests in Minnesota now stands at 115,781 and counting.