The number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital in Minnesota continues to trend higher, according to Tuesday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health.
After dropping from 317 to 302 Sunday to Monday, the number of patients hospitalized Tuesday increased to 328 – the highest level since June 26. That includes 159 patients in the ICU, which marks the highest figure since June 25.
The report includes four more deaths: three people, aged in their 50s, 70s and 80s, respectively, were from Scott County, and one personin their 60s from Hennepin County.
Tuesday's situation report from the MDH includes 606 new cases of the coronavirus, four of which have been removed for an official count of 602. Those positive cases are the result of 8,060 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 7.47%.
Minnesota's test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, as of Tuesday, is 4.91%, based on 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: 1,078,695 (up from 1,070,925)
- Positive cases: 57,162 (up from 56,560)
- Deaths: 1,620 (up from 1,616)
- Currently hospitalized: 328 (up from 302)
- Patients in intensive care: 159 (up from 153)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 50,426 (up from 49,565)
Overall, 1,233 of Minnesota's 1,620 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.