MDH reports total COVID-19 related deaths total 455; total number of positive cases rises to over 7,800

Health officials in Minnesota announced Tuesday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 455, while the total number of positive cases in the state has risen to over 7,800.

The Minnesota Department  of Health reported that the state now has a total of 7,851 positive cases, which was up 617 from the 7,234 reported on Monday, and the 455 deaths due to the virus was up 27 from the 428 reported on Monday.  They added that 368 COVID-19 deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities.  Mower County reported 33 positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, which was up from 32 reported on Monday, and Olmsted County now has 313 cases, up eight from 305 on Monday.  Winona County has 68 cases, up from 66 reported on Monday, Blue Earth County reported 51 cases, which was up from 50 on Monday and Freeborn County saw its number of positive COVID-19 cases increase from 36 on Monday to 37 on Tuesday.  Rice County jumped from 24 cases on Monday to 30 on Tuesday, and Steele County has 25 cases, up one from 24 reported on Monday.  Goodhue County remained at 23 cases, Dodge County again reported 21 cases Tuesday,  Waseca County still has six cases and Houston County continues to report one. 

The Department of Health reported that there are now 1,350 total  cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with 434 patients hospitalized as of Tuesday, and 182 patients are being treated in intensive care units.  1,088 health care workers in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19 and 4,614 patients no longer need to be isolated.  The total approximate number of tests in Minnesota stands at 88,009 and counting.