The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported over 194,500 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Health officials reported 4,900 positive cases Wednesday for a cumulative statewide total of 194,570. The 4,900 cases marked the 15th straight day with 2,000 or more cases in the state in a single day. Health officials added that 16,636 healthcare workers in the state have now tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic. More than 157,100 people have been reported as no longer needing isolation.
Mower County reported 1,687 confirmed and 17 probable COVID-19 cases Wednesday for a cumulative total of 1,704, up one from Tuesday. Olmsted County now has 4,332 cumulative cases, up 49 from Tuesday, Steele County reported 1,030 cases Wednesday, up six from Tuesday, Freeborn County recorded 925 cumulative COVID-19 cases Wednesday, up 23 from Tuesday, Dodge County now has 510 cases, up eight from Tuesday and Fillmore County reported 378 cumulative cases Wednesday, up 10 from Tuesday.
Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 56 Wednesday to 2,754 since the pandemic began, and the 56 deaths shattered the one-day record for COVID-19 related deaths in the state. The previous record was 36 on Friday, November 6th. Health officials reported that 1,898 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in the state have been from cases that resided in long-term care, or assisted living facilities.
A total of 12,151 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization since the start of the pandemic, and 3,032 of those patients have required treatment in intensive care units.