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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, August 14

Hospitalizations changed slightly from Thursday to Friday.

The Friday COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes eight newly reported deaths, bringing the death toll from the virus since March to 1,693.

Of the eight additional deaths, there was one person in their 50s from Blue Earth County; three people from Hennepin County, aged in their 60s, 70s and 90s; one person in their 80s from Cass County; two patients in their 80s from Nobles County; and one person of an unknown age from Watonwan County. 

Friday's update includes 738 new cases of the coronavirus, eight of which have been removed for an official count of 730. Those positive cases are the result of 16,917 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.32%.

Minnesota's test positivity rate – based on positive results divided by total number of tests – over a 7-day rolling average, based on MDH data, as of Friday, is 4.56%. Note: Due to reporting delays and changes, the daily testing totals are subject to change.

"If you go above 5 percent it indicates that you may be heading back into a phase of more rapid spread of the disease," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 increased from 308 to 313 though the number of patients in the ICU dipped slightly from 154 to 152. 

However, Minnesota healthcare facilities have a maximum capacity of 2,182 ICU beds, of which there are currently 1,045 in use.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 1,219,816 (up from 1,203,559)
  • Positive cases: 63,723 (up from 62,993)
  • Deaths: 1,693 (up from 1,685)
  • Currently hospitalized: 313 (up from 308)
  • Patients in intensive care: 152 (down from 154)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 56,659 (up from 56,346)

Overall, 1,269 of Minnesota's 1,685 COVID-19 deaths have been residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities, whom the CDC says are more vulnerable to severe illness from the virus.

There have also been 46 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.

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