MDH reports total number of COVID-19 deaths jumps from 39 to 50; total number of cases rises past 1,200

Health officials in Minnesota announced Thursday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has jumped from 39 to 50, while the total number of cases has risen above 1,200.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported that the state now has a total of 1,242 positive cases, compared to 1,154 on Wednesday.  Mower County now has 20 cases, which is up from 18 on Wednesday. Olmsted County currently has 114 positive cases, up from 108 on Wednesday, while Blue Earth County has 22 cases, up from 21 on Wednesday.  Freeborn and Winona Counties each have 20 cases, Goodhue County has 14 cases, Dodge County has 13, Fillmore County remains at 10 cases, Steele County has eight, Wabasha County still has six cases, Rice County has four cases, Waseca County still has three cases and Houston County still has one.

The Department of Health reported that there  are now 293 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with 145 hospitalized as of Thursday and the number of patients being treated in intensive care dropped from 64 on Wednesday to 63 Thursday.  675 patients no longer need to be isolated, and the total approximate number of completed tests in Minnesota stands at 32,294 and counting.