Mower County reports one additional COVID-19 related death, five additional positive COVID-19 cases for a cumulative total of 1,539

The Minnesota Department of Health has now reported over 139,400 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials reported 1,916 positive tests Wednesday, bringing  the cumulative statewide total to 139,444.  Health officials added that 13,938 healthcare workers in the state have now tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.  More than 123,500 people have been reported as no longer needing isolation. 

Mower County reported one additional COVID-19 related death Wednesday for a total of 18 since the start of the pandemic.  Pam Kellogg, Mower County Community Health Division Manager reported that the person who passed away was from 80-84 years old, and she added that the approximate number of current active cases in the county totaled 45 at last word.  Mower County also reported 1,521 confirmed and 18 probable COVID-19 cases Wednesday for a cumulative total of 1,539, up five from Tuesday.  Olmsted County now has 3,359 cumulative cases, a jump of 45 from Tuesday, Steele County reported 787 cases Wednesday, up five from Tuesday and Freeborn County has now reached 700 cumulative COVID-19 cases for the pandemic, which was up nine from Tuesday.  Dodge County recorded 405 cases Wednesday, up one from Tuesday and Fillmore County reported 265 cases Wednesday, also up one from Tuesday.

Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 19 Wednesday to 2,387 since the pandemic began, and health officials reported that 1,669 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 9,855 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization since the pandemic began, and 2,609 of those patients have required treatment in intensive care units.