Seven new COVID-19 cases reported in Mower County Thursday for a total of 972

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus now totals 1,490, while the total number of positive cases in the state has climbed above 40,000.

Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 40,163 positive cases, which was up 589 from the 39,589 cases reported on Wednesday, and the 1,490 deaths due to the virus was up five from 1,485 on Wednesday.  They added that 1,165 COVID-19 related deaths thus far in Minnesota have been from cases that resided in long-term or assisted living facilities.  Mower County reported seven new positive COVID-19 cases Thursday for a total of 972, Olmsted County now has 1,196 cases, 29 more than the 1,168 reported on Wednesday and Rice County recorded 862 cases Thursday, up three from 859 on Wednesday.  Blue Earth County saw its number of positive COVID-19 cases rise again Thursday by 25 for a total of 535, Freeborn County reported 302 cases Thursday, up four from 298 on Wednesday, Steele County now has 240 cases, up one from 239 on Wednesday and Goodhue County recorded 137 cases Thursday, up five from 132 on Wednesday.

Dodge County reported 93 cases Thursday, up one from 92 on Wednesday, Waseca County now has 73 cases, two more than the 71 reported on Wednesday and Wabasha County recorded 34 cases, down one from 35 on Wednesday.  Fillmore County again remained at 30 cases Thursday and Houston County now has 29 cases, up one from 28 on Wednesday.