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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, July 31

There are now 151 patients in the ICU.

Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll has reached 1,600 after six new deaths were reported Friday by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), including someone in their 20s in Olmsted County. 

The victim in Olmsted County is the fifth person younger than 30 to die from Minnesota. The other five fatal cases were patients in their 70s (1), 80s (2) and 90s (2). 

Meanwhile, the number of patients in the hospital with COVID-19 increased Friday, rising to 312 total hospitalizations, including 151 patients in the ICU. 

Friday's updated situation report from the MDH includes 779 new cases of the coronavirus, eight of which have been removed for an official count of 771. Those positive cases are the result of 17,034 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.53%.

Minnesota's test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, as of Friday, is 4.85%, according to MDH data.

"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: 1,024,916 (up from 1,007,882)
  • Positive cases: 54,463 (up from 53,692)
  • Deaths: 1,600 (up from 1,594)
  • Currently hospitalized: 312 (up from 298)
  • Patients in intensive care: 151 (up from 141)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 47,289 (up from 46,965)

Overall, 1,223 of Minnesota's 1,600 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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