The Minnesota Department of Health reported Tuesday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 1,779, while the cumulative total of positive cases in the state has now risen to over 70,700.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 70,707 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, which was up 414 from 70,298 on Monday, and the 1,779 deaths due to the virus was up eight from 1,771 reported on Monday. They added that 1,315 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. Mower County reported 1,163 cumulative COVID-19 cases Tuesday, up one from 1,162 on Monday. Mower County Community Health Division Manager Pam Kellogg indicated that the number of active infectious cases in the county is averaging anywhere from 35-40 at last word. Olmsted County now has 1,928 cases since the start of the pandemic, up nine from 1,919 on Monday and Steele County recorded an even 400 cases Tuesday, up one from 399 on Monday. Freeborn County remained at 398 cases for the second day in a row, Dodge County stayed at 148 cases also for the second day in a row and Fillmore County now has 81 cumulative cases, up one from 80 on Monday.
312 patients were being hospitalized for COVID-19 in Minnesota as of Tuesday, which was up two from 310 on Monday and 137 of those patients were being treated in intensive care units, up three from 135 on Monday. 63,725 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.