The Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus in the state has risen to 1,693 ,while the cumulative total of positive cases in the state has now risen to over 63,700.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 63,723 positive cases since the start of the pandemic, which was up 738 from 62,993 on Thursday, and the 1,693 deaths due to the virus was up eight from 1,685 on Thursday. They added that 1,269 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. Mower County recorded 1,117 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, which was up six from 1,111 on Thursday. Olmsted County now has 1,809 cumulative cases, 18 more than the 1,791 on Thursday, Freeborn County now has 365 cases, up four from 361 Thursday and Steele County recorded 363 cases Friday, up seven from 356 on Thursday. Dodge County recorded 136 cases Friday, up five from 131 on Thursday and Fillmore County now has 73 cases, up one from 72 on Thursday.
313 patients were being hospitalized for COVID-19 in Minnesota as of Friday, which was up five from 308 on Thursday, and 152 of those patients were being treated in intensive care units, which was down two from 154 on Thursday. 56,659 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.