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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Sunday, August 9

The test positivity rate in the latest report is right around 4%.

Sunday's coronavirus update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes nine more deaths, bringing the statewide total over the course of the pandemic to 1,657. 

Of the nine newly reported deaths, there was one person in their 60s, three people in their 70s and five people in their 80s. Four of nine were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities. 

Hospitalizations increased from 309 COVID-19 patients Saturday to 312 Sunday, though the number of individuals with the virus in the ICU dropped by six to 148.

Sunday's update from the MDH includes 806 new cases of the coronavirus, nine of which have been removed for an official count of 797, 

Those positive cases are the result of 19,959 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 3.99%.

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 4.75%. 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: 1,159,139 (up from 1,138,595)
  • Positive cases: 60,898 (up from 60,101)
  • Deaths: 1,657 (up from 1,648)
  • Currently hospitalized: 312 (up from 309)
  • Patients in intensive care: 148 (down from 154)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 53,568 (up from 52,768)

Overall, 1,249 of Minnesota's 1,657 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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