MDH reports six additional COVID-19 cases in Mower County Tuesday for a cumulative total of 1,535

The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported over 137,500 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials reported 2,178 positive tests Monday, bringing the cumulative statewide total to 137,536.  The 2,178 positive tests marked the fourth time since the start of the pandemic that the number of positive tests in one day has exceeded 2,000, the highest thus far being 2,269 cases on October 19th.  Health officials added that 13,759 healthcare workers in the state have now tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.  More than 122,000 people were reported as no longer needing isolation.

Mower County 1,517 confirmed and 18 probable COVID-19 cases Tuesday for a cumulative total of 1,535, up six from Monday.  Pam Kellogg, Mower County Community Health Division Manager reported that there are currently approximately 45 active cases in the county.  Olmsted County now has 3,314 cumulative cases, up 38 from Monday, Steele County reported 782 cases Tuesday, a jump of 21 from Monday and Freeborn County now has 691 cumulative COVID-19 cases, up six from Monday.  Dodge County recorded 404 cases Tuesday, up 10 from Monday and Fillmore County reported 264 cumulative cases for the second day in a row.

Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 15 Tuesday 2,368 since the pandemic began, and health officials reported that 1,653 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 9,729 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization since the pandemic began, and 2,589 of those patients have required treatment in intensive care units.