COVID-19 hospitalizations are at their lowest point in Minnesota since mid-April, according to Monday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health. There are currently 233 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, which marks the lowest its been since there were 228 on April 19.
Meanwhile, three more deaths in Monday's report brings the coronavirus death toll in Minnesota to 1,922, of which 1,398 have happened in long-term care facilities. The three newly reported deaths were patients aged in their 50s, 60s and 70s from Hennepin, McLeod and Wright counties, respectively.
Monday's update includes 643 new positive tests for the coronavirus, five of which have been removed for an official count of 638 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 10,050 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 6.35%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (638) divided by total completed tests (17,152). In that case, the positivity rate is 3.72%.
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 8.27% as of Sunday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,724,779 (up from 1,707,514)
- People tested: 1,243,355 (up from 1,233,305)
- Positive cases: 84,949 (up from 84,311)
- Deaths: 1,922 (up from 1,919)
- Currently hospitalized: 233 (down from 241)
- Patients in intensive care: 135 (down from 136)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 78,238 (up from 77,461)
It should be noted that some healthcare facilities do not update the MDH on the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized over the weekend.
There have also been 52 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.