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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, August 7

The death toll from the virus in Minnesota is now 1,640.

Friday's situation report from the Minnesota Department of Health reveals that hospitalizations are down slightly from Thursday, though four more patients have died from the novel coronavirus to bring the state's death toll to 1,640. 

Of the four people who died, one person was in their 50s from Hennepin County, in addition to someone in their 80s from Polk County and two people from Ramsey County, aged in their 80s and 90s, respectively. 

Hospitalizations dipped from 319 COVID-19 patients Thursday to 300 Friday, though the number of individuals with the virus in the ICU moved up from 153 to 155. 

Friday's update from the MDH includes 556 new cases of the coronavirus, 11 of which have been removed for an official count of 545. Those positive cases are the result of 15,924 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 3.42%.

Minnesota's test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, based on MDH data, as of Friday, is 4.89%. Note: Due to reporting delays and changes, the numbers in the chart below 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.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 1,121,299 (up from 1,105,094)
  • Positive cases: 59,185 (up from 58,640)
  • Deaths: 1,640 (up from 1,636)
  • Currently hospitalized: 300 (down from 319)
  • Patients in intensive care: 155 (up from 153)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 51,940 (up from 51,604)

Overall, 1,241 of Minnesota's 1,640 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.

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