Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes six more deaths, but the number of confirmed cases and tests are the lowest in any 24-hour reporting period in more than a month.
The dead includes four people from Hennepin County aged in their 40s, 60s, 80s and 90s, respectively, in addition to one person in their 80s from Ramsey County and one patient in their 80s from Scott County. Five of the six patients were from private residences while one victim lived in a long-term care/assisted-living facility.
Tuesday's update includes 332 new cases of the coronavirus, nine of which have been removed for an official count of 323. Those positive cases are the result of 6,302 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 5.13%.
Minnesota's test positivity rate – based on positive results divided by total number of tests – over a 7-day rolling average, based on MDH data, as of Tuesday, is 4.7%. 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.
The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 increased from 320 to 337, though the number of patients in the ICU dropped from 159 to 147. The 337 hospitalized patients is the most in Minnesota since June 24 (340).
However, Minnesota healthcare facilities have a maximum capacity of 2,176 ICU beds, of which there are currently 1,017 in use.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 1,177,935 (up from 1,172,118)
- Positive cases: 61,839 (up from 61,516)
- Deaths: 1,666 (up from 1,660)
- Currently hospitalized: 337 (up from 320)
- Patients in intensive care: 147 (down from 159)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 55,151 (up from 54,3645)
Overall, 1,251 of Minnesota's 1,666 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.