The Friday situation report from the Minnesota Department of Health is a near mirror image to Thursday's report, with more than 750 new cases of COVID-19 pushing the statewide total since Mar. 6 a little closer to 50,000.
The update includes five new deaths, one person each in their 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s. Overall, 1,199 of Minnesota's 1,566 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.
Overall, the Friday update includes 773 new cases, six of which have been removed for an official count of 767. Those positives are the result of 16,789 tests, which creates a daily positive test rate of 4.57%.
The World Health Organization says that a 14-day positive test rate of below 5 percent is the key to keeping businesses open. Minnesota's 7-day rolling average, as of Thursday, was 4.37%, according to Johns Hopkins University.
"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.
Hospitalizations remained fairly static, with the total number of COVID-19 patients dropping from 282 to 278, with 108 of those in ICU.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 922,876 (up from 905,315)
- Positive cases: 49,488 (up from 48,721)
- Deaths: 1,561 (up from 1,561)
- Still hospitalized: 278 (down from 282)
- Patients in intensive care: 108 (up from 107)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 42,882 (up from 42,524)