The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported over 164,800 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Health officials reported a new single-day high for positive COVID-19 cases for the second straight day Thursday with 3,956, bringing the cumulative statewide total to 164,865, and the total also marked the ninth straight day with 2,000 or more positive cases in the state in one day. Health officials added that 15,435 healthcare workers in the state have now tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began. More than 137,800 people have been reported as no longer needing isolation.
Mower County reported one additional COVID-19 related death Thursday for a total of 21 since the pandemic started. Pam Kellogg, Mower County Community Health Supervisor reported that the person who passed away was from 90-94 years old. The county also reported 1,604 confirmed and 17 probable COVID-19 cases Thursday for a cumulative total of 1,621, up seven from Wednesday. Olmsted County now has 3,929 cumulative cases, a spike of 108 from Wednesday when the county reported an additional 91 cases. Steele County reported 917 cases Thursday, up 20 from Wednesday and Freeborn County now has 811 cumulative COVID-19 cases, up 17 from Wednesday. Dodge County recorded 473 cases Thursday, up 10 from Wednesday and Fillmore County reported 325 cases Thursday, up eight from Wednesday.
Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 25 Thursday to 2,555 since the pandemic began, and health officials reported that 1,777 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 11,016 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization since the start of the pandemic, and 2,839 of those patients have required treatment in intensive care units.