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.