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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Sunday, August 16

Minnesota is the 24th state to reach 1,700 deaths.

Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 1,700 after the Minnesota Department of Health released an update Sunday with seven newly reported deaths included. Minnesota is the 24th U.S. state to reach 1,700 COVID-19 deaths, according to the CDC

Six of the seven newly reported deaths were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities, with four patients from the metro area – Hennepin, Ramsey and Scott counties, aged in their 50s, 70s, 80s and 90s, respectively – and two people from northern Minnesota – Carlton and St. Louis counties, aged in their 70s and 80s, respectively. 

Sunday's update includes 754 new cases of the coronavirus, 15 of which have been removed for an official count of 739. Those positive cases are the result of 16,689 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.43%.

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 Sunday, is 4.45%. 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 307 Saturday to 290 Sunday, though the number of ICU patients increased from 140 to 152 in the past 24 hours. 

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 1,254,208 (up from 1,236,918)
  • Positive cases: 65,152 (up from 64,413)
  • Deaths: 1,706 (up from 1,699)
  • Currently hospitalized: 290 (down from 307)
  • Patients in intensive care: 152 (up from 140)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 57,457 (up from 57,457)

Overall, 1,279 of Minnesota's 1,706 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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