The Saturday situation report from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that the statewide number of confirmed COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic has surpassed 50,000.
Overall, the Saturday update includes 805 new cases, two of which have been removed for an official count of 803. Those positives are the result of 18,227 tests, which creates a daily positive test rate of 4.40%. Since the first case was confirmed via a laboratory test on March 6, there have been 50,291 total cases.
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 Friday, was 4.33%, 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.
Hospitalizations increased to 287, including 115 patients in intensive care. The 287 concurrent hospitalizations is Minnesota's highest total since June 28 (288).
The update includes five new deaths, including one person in their 70s, three people in their 80s and one individual in their 90s. Overall, 1,204 of Minnesota's 1,571 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.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 940,696 (up from 922,876)
- Positive cases: 50,291 (up from 49,488)
- Deaths: 1,571 (up from 1,566)
- Still hospitalized: 287 (up from 278)
- Patients in intensive care: 115 (up from 108)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 43,625 (up from 42,882)