Mower County with six additional COVID-19 cases Friday for a cumulative total of 1,198; total cumulative number of positive cases in Minnesota nears 79,000

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 1,847, while the cumulative number of positive cases in the state has risen to nearly 79,000.

Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 78,966 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, which was up 856 from 78,123 on Thursday, and the 1,847 deaths due to the virus was up ten from 1,837 on Thursday.  They added that 1,354 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  Mower County reported 1,198 cumulative COVID-19 cases Friday, up six from 1,192 on Thursday, Olmsted County now has 2,080 cumulative cases, up seven from 2,073 on Thursday and Steele County reported 458 cases Friday, up nine from 449 on Thursday.  Freeborn County now has 413 cumulative COVID-19 cases, up two  from 411 on Thursday, Dodge County recorded 160 cases Friday, up two from 158 on Thursday and Fillmore County now has 88 cases, up two from 86 on Thursday.

274 patients were being hospitalized for COVID-19 in Minnesota as of Friday, which was up two from 272 on Thursday and 138 of those patients were being treated in intensive care units, which was unchanged from Thursday.  70,537 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.