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Confirmed Mower COVID-19 cases reaches 25

The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed on Monday that there have been 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mower County since the beginning of the pandemic, an increase of 3 since Friday.

“The most recent cases appear to be community spread; however, some data is missing because some of the infected people have not been interviewed by the Minnesota Department of Health yet,” said Mower County Health and Human Services Division Manager Pam Kellogg.

Of those 25 cases, three required hospitalization while 14 are no longer in isolation, according to Kellogg.

Statewide, the number of confirmed cases Monday morning was 1,650, an increase of 314 cases since Friday. One-hundred ninety-four cases were confirmed on Easter Sunday, the largest single day increase since Minnesota’s first case was reported on March 6.

To date, 70 people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota as of Monday morning.

HHS seeking face mask donations

Those looking to help Mower County Health and Human Services employees can do so by donating face masks. The county put out a request for face mask donations last week.

“Health and Human Services has not received any donated face masks other than from a retired social worker who had worked for us,” Kellogg said. “Our Emergency Operation Center would gladly accept donations.”

Those interested in donating can call 507-396-8227.