Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, August 15

The test positivity rate for the past 24 hours was just over 4%.
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Six more patients have died to bring Minnesota's novel coronavirus death toll to 1,699, according to Saturday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 

Of the six newly reported deaths, two people were in their 70s (Martin and Ramsey counties) and three patients were in their 80s (Hennepin, Kanabec and Winona counties). 

Saturday's update includes 696 new cases of the coronavirus, six of which have been removed for an official count of 690. Those positive cases are the result of 17,135 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.03%.

Minnesota's test positivity rate – based on positive results divided by total number of tests – over a 7-day rolling average, based on MDH data, as of Saturday, is 4.37%. Note: Due to reporting delays and changes, the daily testing totals are subject to change. 

"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.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped from 313 Friday to 307 Saturday, including a dip in ICU cases, going from 152 Friday to 140 Saturday. 

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 1,236,918 (up from 1,219,816)
  • Positive cases: 64,413 (up from 63,723)
  • Deaths: 1,699 (up from 1,693)
  • Currently hospitalized: 307 (down from 313)
  • Patients in intensive care: 140 (down from 152)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 57,457 (up from 56,659)

Overall, 1,273 of Minnesota's 1,699 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.

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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