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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Sunday, July 26

Cases are rising again.

The latest COVID-19 figures for Minnesota shows another uptick in positive cases.

Overall, the Sunday update includes 871 new cases, nine of which have been removed for an official count of 862. Those positives are the result of 16,272 tests, which creates a daily positive test rate of 5.29 percent.

Since the first case was confirmed via a laboratory test on March 6, there have been 51,153 total cases in Minnesota.

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 Sunday, was 4.60 percent, 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.

Hospitalizations decreased to 273, including 115 patients in intensive care.

The update includes 3 new deaths, including –one person in their 70s from Ramsey County, one in their 80s from Hennepin, and one in their 90s from Otter Tail County. Two died in a private residence, with one in a long-term care facility.

Overall, 1,205 of Minnesota's 1,574 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.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 957,374(up from 941,102)
  • Positive cases: 51,153 (up from 50,291)
  • Deaths: 1,574 (up from 1,571)
  • Still hospitalized: 273 (down from 287)
  • Patients in intensive care: 115 (level)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 44,431 (up from 43,625)

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