The Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 1,594, and the cumulative number of positive cases in the state has eclipsed 53,000.
Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 53,692 positive cases, which was up 745 from 52,947 cases on Wednesday, and the 1,594 deaths was up five from 1,589 on Wednesday as the state continues to see single-digit increases in its number of COVID-19 related deaths. They added that 1,219 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities. Mower County now has 1,059 positive COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, which was up five from 1,054 on Wednesday, Olmsted County recorded 1,567 cases, up 30 from 1,537 on Wednesday and Freeborn County reported 352 cases Thursday, up three from 349 on Wednesday. Steele County now has 318 cases, up three from 315 on Wednesday, Dodge County recorded 121 cases Thursday, up two from 119 on Wednesday and Fillmore County reported 58 cases Thursday, up two from 56 on Wednesday.
298 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 in Minnesota at last word, which was down 21 from 310 on Wednesday, and 141 of those patients were being treated in intensive care units, which was down two from 143 on Wednesday. A total of 46,965 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.