The Minnesota Department of Health reported Wednesday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 1,445, while the number of positive cases in the state has risen to over 36,700.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 36,716 positive cases, which was up 426 from 36,303 on Tuesday, and the 1,445 deaths due to the virus was up four from 1,441 recorded on Tuesday. They added that 1,135 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. Mower County saw an uptick of seven positive COVID-19 cases Wednesday for a total of 928, up from 921 on Tuesday, Olmsted County now has 1,058 cases, up 11 from 1,047 on Tuesday and Rice County recorded 824 cases Wednesday, up 15 from 809 on Tuesday. Blue Earth County saw another significant jump in its number of cases Wednesday with 422, up 19 from 403 on Tuesday, Freeborn County now has 286 positive COVID-19 cases, up four from 282 on Tuesday and Steele County recorded 219 cases Wednesday, up four from 215 on Tuesday. Goodhue County reported 124 cases, up five from 119 on Tuesday, Dodge County remained at 81 cases for the second straight day Wednesday and Waseca County recorded 58 cases Wednesday, up one from 57 on Tuesday. Fillmore County now has 27 cases, up two from 25 on Tuesday and Houston County remained at 24.
The Department of Health reported that there are now 4,081 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with a total of 260 patients being hospitalized as of Wednesday, and 125 patients were being treated in intensive care units. 3,669 healthcare workers in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, and 31,947 patients no longer need to be isolated. The total approximate number of COVID-19 tests administered in Minnesota since the start of the pandemic stands at 617,107 and counting.