Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Sunday, August 2

Another 750+ cases were confirmed in the latest data release.
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Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll has reached 1,614 after eight new deaths were reported Sunday by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), including someone in their 30s in Ramsey County.

The other seven fatal cases were patients in their 60 (1), 70s (2), 80s (1), 90s (2) and 100s (1). 

Meanwhile, the number of patients in the hospital with COVID-19 dropped from 317 Saturday to 302 Sunday, though the number of patients in the ICU remained level day-over-day at 149. 

Sunday's updated situation report from the MDH includes 769 new cases of the coronavirus, ten of which have been removed for an official count of 759. Those positive cases are the result of 15,174 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 5.0%.

Minnesota's test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, as of Sunday, is 4.89%, according to MDH data.

"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: 1,054,962 (up from 1,039,788)
  • Positive cases: 55,947 (up from 55,188)
  • Deaths: 1,614 (up from 1,606)
  • Currently hospitalized: 302 (down from 317)
  • Patients in intensive care: 149 (no change)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 48,847 (up from 48,199)

Overall, 1,231 of Minnesota's 1,614 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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