MDH reports total number of COVID-19 related deaths jumped to 160; total number of positive cases rises over 2,500

Health officials in Minnesota reported Tuesday that the total number of deaths due to COVID-19, or the coronavirus has jumped to 160, while the total number of cases in the state has now eclipsed 2,500.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported that the state now has a total of 2,567 positive cases, an increase of 97 from 2,470 on Monday.  The 160 deaths due to the virus was up 17 from the 143 reported on Monday. Mower County is reporting 26 cases, which was unchanged from Monday and Olmsted County reported 198 cases, up only one from 197 cases reported Monday.  Winona County remained at 61 cases for the third day in a row, and Freeborn County reported 33 cases for the second day in a row. Blue Earth County reported 24 cases Tuesday, unchanged from Monday, and Goodhue County reported 19 cases, up from 18 on Monday.  Dodge County again reported 18 cases, and Fillmore County reported 11 for the second day in a row. Steele County remained at nine cases Tuesday, Rice County reported seven cases for the second day in a row, Waseca County is still reporting three and Houston County continued to report one.  

The Department of Health reported that there are now 629 total cases requiring hospitalization in Minnesota, with 237 patients being hospitalized as of Tuesday, and 117 patients were being hospitalized in the ICU.  1,254 patients no longer need to be isolated, and the total approximate number of completed tests in Minnesota stands at 47,697 and counting.