A change to the Minnesota Department of Health's (MDH) data management system means the case totals reported Monday and Tuesday this week are a bit off, though the two-day average is 636 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 after 922 were reported Monday and 352 on Tuesday.
Here's the explanation from the MDH:
"Due to the transition in our data management system over the weekend of July 18-19, the process of assigning COVID-19 cases to specific dates was impacted for those cases reported on July 20-21. The total number of cases added for the two days was 1,272 (922 reported on 7/20 plus 352 reported on 7/21, with two cases flagged for removal during data verification), for a daily average of 636.
"This figure best represents the actual case load for Minnesota over those two days. The data management system transition is not expected to affect daily case number reports after July 21."
Tuesday's report includes three new deaths, bringing the statewide total during the pandemic to 1,548. Of the three deaths, it includes one person in their 30s from Hennepin County, one individual in their 80s from Koochiching County and one person in their 90s from Ramsey County.
The combined 1,272 new cases reported Monday and Tuesday came from a combined 23,824 tests. That equates to a positive test rate over the two days of 5.34%.
The World Health Organization says that a 14-day positive test rate of below 5 percent is the key to keeping businesses open. Minnesota's 7-day rolling average, as of Monday, was 4.40%, according to Johns Hopkins University.
"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.
Iowa (8.70%), Wisconsin (7.49%), North Dakota (5.65%) and South Dakota (5.76%) are all testing at a higher positive rate than Minnesota over the past seven days, per the Johns Hopkins data.
Hospitalized patients jumped from 247 to 266, though the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU dropped by three from 115 to 112.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 876,859 (up from 867,410)
- Positive cases: 47,457 (up from 47,107)
- Deaths: 1,548 (up from 1,545)
- Still hospitalized: 266 (up from 247)
- Patients in intensive care: 112 (down from 115)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 41,511 (up from 40,742)