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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, July 27

The number of patients in the ICU is the highest it has been in Minnesota since early July.
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Another 650 people in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Monday's situation report update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 

The report includes two new deaths – 1,576 deaths total so far – and both were at least 70 years of age and residents of long-term care or assisting-living facilities. One victim was from Anoka County and the other resided in Blue Earth County. 

The 650 positive cases are the result of 13,542 laboratory tests, creating a daily positive test rate of 4.80%. 

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, was 4.75 percent, 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.

Over the past two days of reporting, the number of patients hospitalized in Minnesota with COVID-19 has dropped from 287 to 257, though the number of patients in ICU has increased in the past 48 hours from 115 to 126. 

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 970,726 (up from 957,374)
  • Positive cases: 51,803 (up from 51,153)
  • Deaths: 1,576 (up from 1,574)
  • Still hospitalized: 257 (down from 273)
  • Patients in intensive care: 126 (up from 115)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 45,198 (up from 44,431)

Overall, 1,207 of Minnesota's 1,576 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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