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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, August 8

Minnesota surpassed 60,000 cases on Saturday.

More than 900 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Saturday's coronavirus update from the Minnesota Department of Health, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Minnesota since the start of the pandemic to more than 60,000. 

The update includes eight newly reported deaths. Four of the eight were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities. Three of the new deaths were people in their 50s, in addition to two each in their 60s and 70s, and one person in their 80s. 

Hospitalizations increased from 300 COVID-19 patients Friday to 309 Saturday, though the number of individuals with the virus in the ICU dropped by one to 154. 

Saturday's update from the MDH includes 924 new cases of the coronavirus, eight of which have been removed for an official count of 916, which is the most in a single day of reporting since the start of the pandemic in Minnesota. 

Those positive cases are the result of 17,897 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 5.12%.

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 4.94%. Note: Due to reporting delays and changes, the numbers in the chart below 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.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 1,138,595 (up from 1,121,299)
  • Positive cases: 60,101 (up from 59,185)
  • Deaths: 1,648 (up from 1,640)
  • Currently hospitalized: 309 (up from 300)
  • Patients in intensive care: 154 (down from 155)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 52,768 (up from 51,940)

Overall, 1,245 of Minnesota's 1,640 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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