MDH reports total number of COVID-19 related deaths has risen to 87; total number of positive cases jumps to over 1,800

Health officials in Minnesota announced Wednesday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 87, and the total number of positive cases has jumped to over 1,800.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported that the state now has a total of 1,809 positive cases, an increase of 114 from 1,695 reported on Tuesday, and the total number of COVID-19 related deaths rose from 79 on Tuesday to 87 on Wednesday.  Mower County is reporting 25 cases, which is up from the 23 cases reported on Tuesday. Olmsted County has 153 cases, an increase from 147 reported on Tuesday, and Winona County’s total shot up from 30 on Tuesday to 51 on Wednesday. Freeborn County remained at 27 cases for the second day in a row, and Blue Earth County now has 23 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 still has five, Waseca County is still reporting three cases and one case of COVID-19 is being reported in Houston County.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 445 cases requiring hospitalization in Minnesota, with 197 patients hospitalized as of Wednesday and 93 patients are being hospitalized in intensive care.  940 patients no longer need to be isolated, and the total approximate number of completed tests in Minnesota stands at 40,242 and counting.