MDH reports total number of COVID-19 deaths now over 700; total number of positive cases eclipses 15,600

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Sunday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus is now over 700, and the total number of positive cases in the state has risen to over 15,600.

Health officials reported  that the state now has a total of 15,668 positive cases, which was up 699 from the 14,969 reported on Saturday, and the 722 deaths due to the virus was up 22 from the 700 reported on Saturday.  They added that 587 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  Mower County now has 58 positive COVID-19 cases as of Sunday, and Olmsted County now has 448 cases.  Rice County has seen its number of positive cases climb to 240, Steele County reported 105 cases Sunday, and Blue Earth County has 83.  Winona County reported 75 cases Sunday, Freeborn County now has 61 positive COVID-19 cases and Dodge County has 35.  Goodhue County reported 33 cases Sunday, Waseca County now has 20 cases and Houston County continues to report two.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 2,090 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with 487 patients hospitalized as of Sunday, and 221 patients are being treated in intensive care units.  1,811 healthcare workers in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, and 10,897 patients no longer need to be isolated.  The total approximate number of tests in Minnesota now stands at 150,605 and counting.