The COVID-19 situation in Minnesota continues to evolve as Monday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that two more people have died and nearly 500 patients have tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The newly reported deaths were one person in their 80s and one person in there 90s. One victim was from a long-term care facility and the other lived in a private residence, the Department of Health said. Minnesota's death toll from the virus since mid-March is 1,504 – 1,172 of whom were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities.
Eight of the 499 positive tests in Monday's report have been removed for an official tally of 491. Cases are removed for a variety of reasons, including patients being from another state and false positive test results.
The positive cases are the result of 13,937 tests, creating a daily positive test rate of 3.5%. The positive test rates for each day of reporting over the past eight days are:
- Monday: 7.6%
- Tuesday: 10.2%
- Wednesday: 5.9%
- Thursday: 4.6%
- Friday: 2.96%
- Saturday: 5.00%
- Sunday: 5.5%
- Monday: 3.5%
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 Sunday's report, was 5.11%, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 768,989 (up from 755,052)
- Confirmed cases: 42,772 (up from 42,281)
- Deaths: 1,504 (up from 1,502)
- Still hospitalized: 247 (down from 251)
- Patients in intensive care: 114 (down from 123)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 37,199 (up from 36,582)
It should be noted that figures from Monday tend to not represent the full picture in. Minnesota, as a result of reporting lags from the weekend.
There have been 38 patients deemed to have "probably" died from COVID-19, though that total isn't included in the aforementioned death toll. Those cases represent victims who never received a COVID-19 test, but for whom doctors believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the virus caused their death.