Number of positive COVID-19 cases in Mower County rises by double digits for the sixth straight day

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus has risen to 1,411, while the total number of positive cases in the state has climbed to over 34,600.

Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 34,616 positive cases, which was up 498 from 34,123 on Thursday, and the 1,411 deaths due to the virus was up five from 1,406 on Thursday, marking six straight days with ten or fewer coronavirus deaths in the state.  They added  that 1,112 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  For the sixth straight day, Mower County saw a double-digit increase in its number of positive COVID-19 cases Friday with 868, up 21 from 847 on Thursday, Olmsted County recorded 970 cases Friday, up 22 from 948 on Thursday and Rice County now has 780 cases, up nine from 771 on Thursday.  Blue Earth County saw a spike upward in its number of cases Friday with 317, which was up 36 from 281 on Thursday, Freeborn County recorded 265 cases Friday, up three from 262 on Thursday, and Steele County now has 209 cases, up three from 206 on Thursday.  Goodhue County reported 111 positive COVID-19 cases Friday, up two from 109 on Thursday, Dodge County now has 70 cases, up three from 67 on Thursday and Waseca County recorded 51 cases Friday, up five from 46 on Thursday.  Fillmore County reported 24 cases Friday, up one from 23 on Thursday and Houston County recorded 17 cases Friday, up one from 16 on Thursday.

The Department of Health reported that there are now 3,966 cases involving hospitalization in Minnesota, with a total of 335 patients being hospitalized as of Friday, and 157 patients were being treated in intensive care units.  3,525 healthcare workers in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, and 30,008 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 557,278 and counting.