Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, July 28

The number of patients in the hospitals rose significantly.
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Tuesday's situation report for COVID-19 in Minnesota shows another 480 positive test results and four deaths, according to the Department of Health (MDH). 

Though, arguably, the biggest storyline from the update is a significant increase in the number of patients in the hospital. The number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU across Minnesota increased from 126 to 138 while the total number of patients hospitalized jumped from 257 on Monday to 294 on Tuesday – the most since June 27 (300). 

Of the 480 positive tests, two were removed for an official count of 478. Those positive cases are the result of 9,081, which equates to a daily test positivity rate of 5.26%. 

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 Tuesday, is 4.69%, 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.

Tuesday's update includes four new deaths – 1,580 deaths total so far – and three of the four were residents of long-term care or assisting-living facilities. Victims were aged in their 60s (1), 80s (1) and 90s (2). 

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 979,988 (up from 970,726)
  • Positive cases: 52,281 (up from 51,803)
  • Deaths: 1,580 (up from 1,576)
  • Still hospitalized: 294 (down from 257)
  • Patients in intensive care: 138 (up from 126)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 45,987 (up from 45,198)

Overall, 1,210 of Minnesota's 1,580 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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