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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, August 6

The test positivity rate continues to rise even as testing levels increase.

Seven more people have died from the novel coronavirus in Minnesota, according to Thursday's new situation report released by the Department of Health (MDH). 

Thursday's update from the MDH includes 867 new cases of the coronavirus, six of which have been removed for an official count of 861. Those positive cases are the result of 14,940 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 5.76%.

Minnesota's test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, based on MDH data, as of Thursday, is 5.06%. Note: Due to reporting delays and changes, the numbers in the chart below are subject to change.

"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.

Of the seven new death reported, all of the victims were at least 60 years old. 

The number of patients with COVID-19 in Minnesota hospitals increased from 305 Wednesday to 319 Thursday, including 153 patients in the ICU. 

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 1,105,094 (up from 1,090,303)
  • Positive cases: 58,640 (up from 57,779)
  • Deaths: 1,636 (up from 1,629)
  • Currently hospitalized: 319 (up from 305)
  • Patients in intensive care: 153 (up from 152)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 51,604 (up from 51,223)

Overall, 1,240 of Minnesota's 1,636 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.

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