The Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 1,526, while the total number of positive cases in the state has eclipsed 44,000.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 44,347 positive cases, which was up 611 from 43,742 cases on Wednesday, and the 1,526 deaths due to the virus was up eight from 1,518 on Wednesday, marking the fifth straight day with 10 or fewer deaths reported in the state. They added that 1,179 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. Mower County continues to inch toward 1,000 positive COVID-19 cases with a total of 996, two more than the 994 cases reported on Wednesday. Mower County Health and Human Services reported that of those, an estimated 30-35 cases still require isolation. Olmsted County now has 1,353 cases, up 17 from 1,336 cases on Wednesday, Rice County reported 905 cases Thursday, up seven from 898 on Wednesday and Blue Earth County now has 639 cases, up ten from 629 on Wednesday. Freeborn County recorded 317 cases Thursday, up one from 316 on Wednesday and Steele County reported 274 cases Thursday, up eight from 266 cases on Wednesday.
Winona County recorded 163 cases Thursday, up seven from 156 on Wednesday, Goodhue County remained at 146 cases for the second day in a row, Dodge County now has 107 cases, up two from 105 on Wednesday and Waseca County recorded 83 cases Thursday, up one from 82 on Wednesday. Fillmore County reported 40 cases Thursday, up two from 38 on Wednesday and Houston County reported one additional case from Wednesday to Thursday for a total of 33.
38,290 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.