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Mower confirmed COVID-19 cases at 755 since March 19

The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday reported 11 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mower County, bringing the county’s total to 755 since March 19.

Mower County now ranks ninth among Minnesota counties for number of confirmed cases, below Washington County and above Rice County, according to numbers released by the MDH Friday morning.

Community Health Division Manager Pam Kellogg said the recent uptick in cases have been a combination of community spread, household spread, and spread among businesses where employees have tested positive.

Neighboring counties of Dodge, Steele, Freeborn, Fillmore and Olmsted reported 62, 183, 243, 22, and 846 confirmed cases, respectively.

Statewide, the MDH reported an additional 362 cases on Friday, bringing state totals to 32,031 since March 6. Of those, 3,327 have been healthcare workers and an estimated 27,709 are no longer in need of isolation. The number of individuals needing hospitalization decreased from 345 Thursday to 339 Friday, including a reduction in the number needing intensive care from 171 to 168.

The MDH also reported 17 deaths, raising the state’s total to 1,361 since March 21. Of those, 1,077 were residents of long-term or assisted living facilities.

Counties with the most confirmed COVID-19 case

1.        Hennepin – 10,607

2.        Ramsey – 4,180

3.        Stearns – 2,126

4.        Dakota – 1,874

5.        Anoka – 1,836

6.        Nobles – 1,628

7.        Olmsted – 846

8.        Washington – 843

9.        Mower – 755

10.      Rice – 740