Three additional COVID-19 cases in Mower County from Thursday to Friday for a cumulative total of 1,222; approximately 30 active cases currently in county

The state of Minnesota has surpassed 82,700 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials reported 484 positive tests on Friday, bringing the statewide total to 82,716.  Health officials stated that 8,998 healthcare workers have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.  More than 75,700 people were reported as no longer needing isolation.

Mower County recorded 1,222 cumulative COVID-19 cases Friday, up three from Thursday.  Pam Kellogg, Division Manager for Mower County Health and Human Services stated that there are approximately 30 active cases in the county at this time, with 85-90% of those cases residing in the city of Austin.  Olmsted County now has 2,154 cumulative cases, up seven from 2,147 on Thursday, Steele County reported 494 cases Friday, up six from 488 on Thursday and Freeborn County recorded 440 cumulative COVID-19 cases Friday, down one from Thursday.  Dodge County now has 175 cases, up five from Thursday and Fillmore County remained at 89 cases for a fourth straight day.

Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 13 Friday for a total of 1,897 since the start of the pandemic.  The total also marked the second straight day of double-digit increases in the number of deaths due to the virus in the state.  Officials report 1,382 COVID-19 deaths thus far have been from residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

A total of 6,863 patients in Minnesota have required hospitalization.  Of those, 253 remain in those facilities, with 139 patients in intensive care units.