Minnesota COVID-19 numbers exceed 1,800

Published 3:34 pm Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota has exceeded 1,800 with 1,809 confirmed cases throughout the state, Minnesota Department of Health officials said on Wednesday.

Locally, Mower County has had 25 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, up from 24 on Tuesday. The MDH initially reported 25 cases in Mower County on Monday; however, one of those cases was mistakenly assigned to Mower County from Freeborn County.

“The most recent case reports they had no known contact with someone who was infected, so the case is considered community spread,” said Mower County Health and Human Services Division Manager Pam Kellogg.

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Of the 25 cases, 17 no longer require isolation, Kellogg said. There have been no new hospitalizations in the county.

The ages of those who have tested positive in Mower County range from late teens to early 60s.

As of Wednesday, neighboring counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Olmsted and Steele Counties had 16, 10, 27, 153, and 9 confirmed COVID-19 cases, respectively. Two coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Olmsted County since the beginning of the pandemic.

The MDH also reported there have been 87 deaths in Minnesota. As of Wednesday, 197 individuals required hospitalization, with 93 in intensive care.

Of the state’s 1,809 confirmed cases, 940 no longer need isolation.