Saturday COVID-19 situation report from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that just over 800 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the latest reporting period, which began Thursday at 4 p.m. and ended Friday at 4 p.m.
That is the highest number of confirmed cases in a single day since May 21, and it comes after 16,000 tests were conducted, meaning the positive test rate is at 5 percent, up from the 3 percent recorded on Friday.
The report includes four more deaths, bringing the death toll from the virus in Minnesota to 1,499. All four deaths came in long-term care facilities.
Two of the 806 positive tests have been removed for an official tally of 804. Cases are removed for a variety of reasons, including patients being from another state and false positive test results.
The positive test rates for each day of reporting this week are:
- Monday: 7.6%
- Tuesday: 10.2%
- Wednesday: 5.9%
- Thursday: 4.6%
- Friday: 2.96%
- Saturday: 5.00%
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, as of Thursday, was 3.94%, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 742,095 (up from 725,825)
- Confirmed cases: 41,571 (up from 40,767)
- Deaths: 1,499 (up from 1,495)
- Still hospitalized: 241 (up from 227)
- Patients in intensive care: 121 (up from 124)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 36,012 (up from 35,442)
There have been 38 patients deemed to have "probably" died from COVID-19, though that total isn't included in the aforementioned death toll. Those cases represent victims who never received a COVID-19 test, but for whom doctors believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the virus caused their death.