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Cumulative Mower County COVID-19 cases at 960

The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday reported an additional eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mower County, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 960 since March 19.

Neighboring counties reported the following cumulative totals: Dodge (88), Fillmore (30, Freeborn (297), Olmsted (1,147) and Steele (237).

Statewide, the MDH on Tuesday reported 569 new cases, bringing state cumulative totals to 39,133. Of those, an estimated 34,377 no longer need isolation.

As of Tuesday, 267 patients were hospitalized in Minnesota with COVID-19, including 121 in intensive care.

The MDH reported three more deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,477. Of those, 1,157 were residents of long-term care of assisted living facilities.

During Monday evening’s council meeting, Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm urged residents to wear masks in public.

“When I go out in stores, I’m not seeing people wearing masks like I’d like to see,” he said. “Even in some of your highest concentration areas, like your grocery stores, there aren’t half wearing masks. I would really tell people we’re seeing this virus rebound and if you do nothing, you’re going to pay for it. We have enough data now where we know that wearing a mask really cuts down on (the spread of coronavirus).”