The Minnesota Department of Health reported Wednesday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus in the state has risen to 1,738, while the cumulative total of positive cases in the state has risen above 66,600.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 66,618 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, which was up 567 from 66,061 on Tuesday, and the 1,738 deaths due to the virus was up 17 from 1,721 on Tuesday. They added that 1,295 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. Mower County reported 1,134 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic Wednesday, which was up six from 1,128 on Tuesday. Mower County Community Health Division Manager Pam Kellogg reported that approximately 25-30 cases of COVID-19 were still active in Mower County at last word. Olmsted County now has 1,866 cumulative cases, up 15 from 1,851 on Tuesday, Freeborn County recorded 375 cases Wednesday, up one from 374 on Tuesday and Steele County now also has 375 cases, up four from 371 on Tuesday. Dodge County recorded 142 cumulative COVID-19 cases Wednesday, up one from 141 on Tuesday and Fillmore County now has 78 cases, up one from 77 on Tuesday.
321 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 in Minnesota as of Wednesday, which was up 17 from 304 on Tuesday and 152 of those patients were being hospitalized in intensive care units, which was down two from 154 on Tuesday. 60,242 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be hospitalized.