Sunday's COVID-19 situation report from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that just over 700 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the latest reporting period, which began Friday at 4 p.m. and ended Saturday at 4 p.m.
The report includes three more deaths, bringing the death toll from the virus in Minnesota to 1,502. The newly reported deaths were one person each in their 50s, 60s and 70s, respectively.
Five of the 715 positive tests have been removed for an official tally of 710. Cases are removed for a variety of reasons, including patients being from another state and false positive test results.
The positive cases are the result of nearly 13,000 tests, creating a daily positive test rate of 5.5%. 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%
- Sunday: 5.5%
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 Saturday, was 4.07%, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 755,052 (up from 742,095)
- Confirmed cases: 42,281 (up from 41,571)
- Deaths: 1,502 (up from 1,499)
- Still hospitalized: 251 (up from 241)
- Patients in intensive care: 123 (up from 121)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 36,582 (up from 36,012)
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.