MDH reports total number of COVID-19 related deaths has risen to 79; total number of positive cases climbs to near 1,700

Health officials in Minnesota announced Tuesday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 79, while the total number of positive cases has increased to near 1,700.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported that the state now has a total of 1,695 positive cases, an increase from 1,650 reported on Monday, and the total number of COVID-19 related deaths rose from 70 on Monday to 79 on Tuesday.  Mower County is reporting 23 cases, which is down from the 25 cases reported on Monday. Olmsted County has 147 cases, an increase from 143 reported on Monday, and Winona County’s total remained at 30. Freeborn County now has 27 cases, three more than were reported on Monday, and Blue Earth County still has 22 cases.  Goodhue County remained at 17 cases, 16 cases are still being reported in Dodge County, Fillmore County is still reporting 10, Steele County remained at nine cases, Rice County now has five, Waseca County still has three cases of COVID-19 and Houston County continues to report one.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 405 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with 177 patients hospitalized as of Tuesday and 75 patients are being hospitalized in intensive care.  909 patients no longer need to be isolated, and the total approximate number of completed tests in Minnesota stands at 39,241 and counting.