Number of positive COVID-19 cases in Mower County increases by more than 20 for the third time in four days

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 881, while the total number of positive cases in the state has eclipsed 21,000.

Health officials reported that the state now has a total of 21,315 positive cases, which was up 745 from the 20,573 reported on Sunday, and the 881 deaths due to the virus was up 12 from the 869 reported on Sunday.  They added that 717 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  For the third time in the last four days, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Mower County increased by more than 20 with 189, up 39 from the 150 reported on Sunday.  Olmsted County recorded 562 cases Monday, up 11 from the 551 cases recorded on Sunday, and Rice County again saw a double-digit increase in its total of positive cases with 386 Monday, up 21 from the 365 reported cases on Sunday.  Blue Earth County saw an increase of three cases from 112 Sunday to 115 on Monday, Freeborn County now has 93 cases, up nine from the 84 cases recorded on Sunday and Winona County has 78 cases, up one from 77 on Sunday.  Goodhue County recorded 55 cases Monday, up three from 52 on Sunday and Dodge County has 44 cases, up one from 43 on Sunday.  Waseca County now has 25 cases of COVID-19, up one from 24 on Sunday, Fillmore County remains at 17, Wabasha County still has 16 cases and Houston County continues to report two.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 2,676 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with 605 patients hospitalized as of Sunday, and 248 patients were being treated in intensive care units.  2,373 healthcare workers in Minnesota have tested positive for coronavirus, and 14,816 patients no longer need to be isolated.  The total approximate number of COVID-19 tests administered  in Minnesota now stands at 204,059 and counting.