MDH reports total number of COVID-19 related deaths rises to just over 1,300; total number of positive cases eclipses 30,600; Mower County with only one additional positive COVID-19 case Monday

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Monday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to just over 1,300, while the total number of positive cases in the state has eclipsed 30,600.

Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 30,693 positive cases, which was up 230 from the 30,471 cases reported on Sunday, and the 1,304 deaths due to the virus was up six from 1,298 reported on Sunday.  They added that 1,034 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  Mower County reported 651 positive COVID-19 cases Monday, up only one from 650 on Sunday, Olmsted County remained at 778 cases Monday and Rice County reported 694 cases Monday, up six from 688 on Sunday.  Freeborn County recorded 220 cases Monday, down one from 221 on Sunday, Steele County remained at 175 cases for the fourth day in a row Monday and Blue Earth County remained at 163 cases Monday.  Goodhue County recorded 94 cases for the second day in a row Monday, Dodge County stayed at 59 cases for the third day in a row Monday and Waseca County recorded 33 cases for the fourth straight day.  Wabasha County still has 21 cases, Fillmore County remained at 20 cases Monday and Houston County is still reporting five.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 3,630 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with a total of 353 patients hospitalized as of Monday, and 186 patients were being treated in intensive care units for the second day in a row.  3,198 healthcare workers in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, and 26,609 patients no longer need to be isolated.  The total approximate number of COVID-19 tests administered thus far in Minnesota since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic stands at 422,922 and counting.