Two additional COVID-19 cases reported in Mower County from Tuesday to Wednesday for a cumulative total of 1,187

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Wednesday that the total number of deaths due to the COVID-19, or coronavirus in the state has risen to 1,830, while the cumulative number of positive cases in the state has climbed over 77,000.

Health officials indicated that the state now has a total of 77,085 positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, which was up 761 from 76,355 on Tuesday, and the 1,830 deaths due to the virus was up seven from 1,823 on Tuesday.  They added that 1,345 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 1,187 cumulative COVID-19 caes, up two from 1,185 on Tuesday.  Mower County Community Health Division Manager Pam Kellogg stated that Mower County ranks third in cases per capita in the state with 294 cases per 10,000.  Mower currently ranks behind Nobles County with 846 cases per 10,000 and Watonwan County with 381 per 10,000.  Olmsted County recorded 2,058 cumulative cases Wednesday, up 13 from 2,045 on Tuesday, Steele County now has 441 cases, up five from 436 on Tuesday and Freeborn County recorded 402 cases Wednesday, down one from 403 on Tuesday.  Dodge County now has 158 cumulative COVID-19 cases, up two from Tuesday and Fillmore County remained at 86 cases for a fourth straight day.

297 patients were being hospitalized for COVID-19 in Minnesota as of Wednesday, which was up three from 294 on Tuesday and 135 of those patients were being treated in intensive care units, down one from Tuesday.  69,521 patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.