MDH reports total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the state now stands at 57; total number of cases climbs above 1,300

Health officials in Minnesota announced Friday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 57, while the total number of positive cases has eclipsed 1,300.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported that the state now has a total of 1,336 positive cases, compared to 1,242 on Thursday, and the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the state is up from 50 reported on Thursday.  Mower County now has 22 cases, which is up from 20 reported on Thursday. Olmsted County currently has 126 positive cases, an increase from 114 on Thursday, and Winona County has seen its total number of cases jump from 20 on Thursday to 26 on Friday. Blue Earth County still has 22 cases, unchanged from Thursday, and Freeborn County is now reporting 21 cases.  Dodge and Goodhue Counties each have 14 cases, Fillmore County remains at 10, Steele County now has nine cases, Wabasha County still has six, Rice County still has four cases, Waseca County remains at three cases and Houston County is still reporting one.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 317 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with 143 hospitalized as of Friday and the number of patients being treated in intensive care remains at 64.  732 patients no longer need to be isolated, and the total approximate number of completed tests in Minnesota stands at 33,894 and counting.