Thursday's COVID-19 update for Minnesota has seen the state report seven more deaths, bringing the state's total to 1,685.
The latest confirmed deaths marks a drop from the 12 reported Wednesday, which was the first time the state had hit double figures since the start of July.
The latest deaths include a person in their 40s from Hennepin County. with three of the deaths occurring in long-term care settings, and the rest in private residences.
Wednesday's update includes 697 new cases of the coronavirus, seven of which have been removed for an official count of 690. Those positive cases are the result of 14,744 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.67%.
"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.
The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped from 335 to 308 though the number of patients in the ICU stayed level at 154.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 1,203,559 (up from 1,188,288)
- Positive cases: 62,993 (up from 62,303)
- Deaths: 1,685 (up from 1,678)
- Currently hospitalized: 308 (down from 335)
- Patients in intensive care: 154 (level)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 56,346 (up from 55,855)
Overall, 1,263 of Minnesota's 1,685 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.
There have also been 46 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause , though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.