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Mower COVID-19 cases exceed 250

The Minnesota Department of Health reported on Friday that Mower County has had 254 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 19.

According to Mower County Health and Human Services Division Manager Pam Kellogg, the new cases range in age from one month to mid 50s. Seven have reported known contact with a positive case. Kellogg indicated that the county is seeing many new cases from the same households of prior positive cases.

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Surrounding counties of Olmsted, Dodge, Steele, Freeborn and Fillmore have reported totals of 594, 50, 151, 108 and 17, respectively.

Statewide, the MDH reported 590 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 23,531 positive cases since March 6. Of those, 2,603 are health care workers. The MDH estimates that 16,930 cases no longer need isolation. As of Friday, 592 Minnesota cases required hospitalization, including 259 in intensive care.

The MDH reported 29 deaths on Friday, raising the state’s death toll to 996. Of those, 811 were in long-term care or assisted living homes.