COVID-19 patients requiring care in the hospital continues to drop in Minnesota, with Sunday's situation report from the Department of Health revealing the lowest hospitalized totals since April 26.
The number of patients in intensive care dropped from 155 Saturday to 143 Sunday, while 145 patients remain in general hospital care.
There are 523 new cases in Saturday's report, 10 of which have been removed for an official tally of 513. Cases are removed for a variety of reasons, including patients being from another state and false positive test results. The results were from approximately 16,500 diagnostic tests.
Eight more deaths were confirmed, of which six were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities. Residents of congregate care make up 1,122 of the 1,425 total deaths in Minnesota.
Saturday marks the eighth consecutive day Minnesota has reported single-digit deaths from the virus, which comes after nearly two full months featuring double-digit deaths almost every day.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 585,417 (up from 568,907)
- Confirmed cases: 35,549 (up from 35,033)
- Deaths: 1,425 (up from 1,417)
- Still hospitalized: 288 (down from 300)
- Patients in intensive care: 143 (down from 155)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 30,401 (up from 30,401)
There have been 35 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.