MDH reports total number of COVID-19 deaths nears 1,200; total number of positive cases eclipses 28,000; Mower County now with 524 positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Monday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has climbed to nearly 1,200, while the total number of positive cases in the state has eclipsed 28,000.

Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 28,224 positive cases, which was up 338 from the 27,886 recorded on Sunday, and the 1,197 deaths due to the virus was up 11 from 1,186 on Sunday.  They added that 955 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  For the fifth day in a row Monday, Mower County saw an increase of 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases with 524, 20 more than 504 recorded on Sunday.  Olmsted County saw its number of positive cases climb to 722 on Monday, up 11 from 711 on Sunday, Rice County recorded 587 cases Monday, up 11 from 576 cases on Sunday and Freeborn County now has 185 cases, up eight from 177 cases on Sunday.  Steele County recorded 173 cases Monday, up only one from 172 on Sunday, Blue Earth County stayed at 152 cases for the second day in a row Monday and Winona County remained at 85.  Goodhue County reported 79 positive COVID-19 cases Monday, up two from 77 on Sunday, Dodge County remained at 55 cases and Waseca County remained at 30 cases for the second straight day.  Wabasha and Fillmore Counties each remained at 20 cases on Monday and Houston County recorded four cases Monday, up one from three on Sunday.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 3,401 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with a total of 452 patients being hospitalized as of Monday, and 198 patients were being treated in intensive care units.  2,973 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota, and 23,657 patients no longer need to be isolated.  The total approximate number of COVID-19 tests administered thus far in Minnesota stands at 354,226 and counting.