The death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic in Minnesota has risen to 1,541 after three more deaths were reported Sunday in the Minnesota Department of Health's daily COVID-19 update.
The deaths include one person in their 60s from Ramsey County, one person in their 70s from Hennepin County and one individual in their 80s from Anoka County.
Three of the 737 positive tests in Saturday's report have been removed for an official tally of 734. 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 17,226 tests, creating a daily positive test rate of 4.26% percent. The positive test rates for each reporting period over the past 13 days are:
- July 7: 10.2%
- July 8: 5.9%
- July 9: 4.6%
- July 10: 2.96%
- July 11: 5.00%
- July 12: 5.5%
- July 13: 3.5%
- July 14: 5.2%
- July 15: 4.4%
- July 16: 4.1%
- July 17: 4.5%
- July 18: 2.77%
- July 19: 4.26%
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 4.15%, 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.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 853,188 (up from 835,962)
- Confirmed cases: 46,204 (up from 45,470)
- Deaths: 1,541 (up from 1,538)
- Still hospitalized: 258 (down from 265)
- Patients in intensive care: 120 (up from 117)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 40,001 (up from 39,310)