MDH reports total number of COVID-19 deaths now exceeds 1,000; total number of positive cases climbs to over 24,800; Mower County with 318 cases and second death due to the virus

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Sunday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to over 1,000, and the total number of positive cases in the state has climbed to over 24,800.

Health officials reported that the state now has a total of 24,850 positive cases, which was up 664, from the 24,186 reported on Saturday, and the 1,040 deaths due to the virus was up 14 from 1,026 reported on Saturday.  They added that 848 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  Mower County has seen its total number of positive COVID-19 cases rise to 318, and two deaths related to the virus have now been reported in the county, the latest in an individual 60-69 years of age.  Olmsted County reported 626 cases on Sunday, and Rice County has seen its number of positive cases rise to 462.  Steele County recorded 158 cases Sunday, Blue Earth County has 140 cases and Freeborn County now has 117.  Winona County reported 79 cases for the third straight day Sunday, Goodhue County recorded 66 cases, Dodge County now has 52 positive COVID-19 cases and Waseca County recorded 26 cases Sunday for the third straight day.  Wabasha County reported 18 cases Sunday, Fillmore County is still reporting 17 and Houston County is still reporting two.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 3,047 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota with 555 patients hospitalized as of Sunday, and 257 patients  were being treated in intensive care units.  2,690 healthcare workers have now tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota and 18,695 patients no longer need to be isolated.  The total approximate number of COVID-19 tests administered in Minnesota now stands at 249,519 and counting.