Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, August 24

Minnesota has surpassed 70,000 cases since the start of the pandemic.
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Four deaths brings Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll to 1,771, while more than 700 new positive test results pushes the total number of confirmed cases during the duration of the pandemic to more than 70,000 in the state. 

Three of the four newly reported deaths were individuals who lived in long-term care or assisted-living facilities, while the other victim was a person between the ages of 35-39 who lived in Ramsey County. It marks the 20th COVID-19 death of a person under 40 years in Minnesota. 

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 increased from 301 Sunday to 310 Monday, with the ICU total dropping slightly from 137 to 135. 

Monday's update includes 717 new positive tests for the coronavirus, three of which have been removed for an official count of 714 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 7,490 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 9.57%.

The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (717) divided by total completed tests (12,296). In that case, the positivity rate is 5.83%.

The "tests completed" number is always higher than the "people tested" metric because some people get tested multiple times and those who test positive are only counted once, so it produces a less accurate positivity rate.

The test positivity rate over a 7-day average, based on total number of people tested, according to Johns Hopkins University, was 6.69% as of Sunday. 

"If you go above 5% 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:

  • Total tests: 1,386,513 (up from 1,374,536)
  • People tested: 1,067,810 (up from 1,060,320)
  • Positive cases: 70,298 (up from 69,584)
  • Deaths: 1,767 (up from 1,767)
  • Currently hospitalized: 310 (up from 301)
  • Patients in intensive care: 135 (down from 137)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 63,059 (up from 62,373)

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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Note from the MDH: "Starting 8/22, a few hospitals are not reporting hospitalized or ICU status on Saturdays or Sundays. The weekend numbers for current hospitalization and ICU status will include numbers from Friday for these hospitals and are considered estimates of current hospitalizations."

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