MDH reports number of COVID-19 related deaths rises to 578; total positive cases in Minnesota over 11,200

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Sunday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus  has risen to 578, while the total number of positive cases in the state has now exceeded 11,200.

Health officials reported  that the state now has a total of 11,271 positive cases, which was up 481 from 10,790 reported on Saturday, and the 578 deaths due to the virus was up 20 from the 558 reported on Saturday.  They added that 464 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities.  Mower County saw its number of positive COVID-19 cases rise to 45 on Sunday, and Olmsted County now has 368 cases with nine deaths.  Rice County saw its number of positive cases rise dramatically again on Sunday to 114 with one death, Winona County reported 71 cases Sunday with 15 COVID-19 related deaths thus far, and Blue Earth County has 65.  Steele County saw its number of positive cases rise to 60 on Sunday, Freeborn County reported 44 cases, Dodge County has 26 and Goodhue County is reporting 25.  Waseca County reported 16 COVID-19 cases on Sunday and Houston County continued to report two.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 1,657 total cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with 434 patients hospitalized as of Sunday and 199 patients were being hospitalized in intensive care units.  1,360 healthcare workers in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, and 6,882 patients no longer need to be isolated.  The total approximate number of tests in Minnesota now stands at 111,088 and counting.