The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported over 135,300 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Health officials reported 1,578 positive tests Monday, bringing the cumulative statewide total to 135,372. The 1,578 positive tests marked the 17th straight day with 1,000 or more positive tests in the state in a single day. Health officials added that 13,574 healthcare workers in the state have now tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began. More than 120,400 people were reported as no longer needing isolation.
Mower County reported two more COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend to bring the county’s total for the pandemic to 17. Pam Kellogg, Mower County Community Health Division Manager reported that one of the persons who passed away was from 95-99 years old, while the other was 100+ years old. The county also reported 1,511 confirmed and 18 probable COVID-19 cases Monday for a cumulative total of 1,529, up 12 from Sunday. Olmsted County now has 3,277 cumulative cases, up 25 from Sunday, Steele County recorded 761 cases Monday, up three from Sunday and Freeborn County now has 684 cumulative COVID-19 cases, up 15 from Sunday. Dodge County reported 394 cases Monday, up one from Sunday and Fillmore County now has 264 cumulative cases, up four from Sunday.
Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by four Monday to 2,353 since the pandemic began, and health officials reported that 1,649 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in the state have been from cases that resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities.
A total of 9,588 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization since the pandemic began, and 2,558 of those patients have required treatment in intensive care units.