Five more deaths bring Minnesota's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic to 1,594, according to new data released Thursday by the Department of Health (MDH).
Of the five dead, one person was aged in their 30s from Ramsey County. The other four were in their 80s and 90s, respectively. Three victims were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities, and one individual was a resident of a group home/behavioral health facility.
Meanwhile, the number of patients in the hospital with COVID-19 dipped slightly, going from 310 Wednesday to 298 Thursday. The number of patients in the ICU is down to 143 from 141 a day ago.
The 745 new cases reported Thursday are the result of 14,821 diagnostic tests, which equates to a daily test positivity rate of 5.03%. Minnesota's test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, as of Thursday, is 4.86%, according to MDH data.
"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: 1,007,882 (up from 993,091)
- Positive cases: 53,692 (up from 52,947)
- Deaths: 1,594 (up from 1,589)
- Still hospitalized: 298 (down from 310)
- Patients in intensive care: 141 (down from 143)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 46,965 (up from 46,636)
Overall, 1,219 of Minnesota's 1,594 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.