Tuesday's COVID-19 situation report from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that 564 patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the latest reporting period, which began Sunday at 4 p.m. and ended Monday at 4 p.m.
The report includes three more deaths, bringing the death toll from the virus in Minnesota to 1,477. Of those, 1,157 were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities.
Five of the 569 positive tests have been removed for an official tally of 564. Cases are removed for a variety of reasons, including patients being from another state and false positive test results.
The 564 positives came from 5,554 tests, creating a daily positive test rate of 10.2%. That comes on the heals of a 7.6% positive test rate in Monday's report. The World Health Organization says that a 14-day positive test rate of below 5% is the key to keeping businesses open – Minnesota's 7-day rolling average, according to Johns Hopkins University, was at 3.12% on Monday.
Patients requiring care in the hospital moved up for a second straight day from 258 to 267, though the number of patients in ICU dropped from 125 to 121.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 685,247 (up from 679,693)
- Confirmed cases: 39,133 (up from 38,569)
- Deaths: 1,477 (up from 1,474)
- Still hospitalized: 267 (up from 258)
- Patients in intensive care: 121 (down from 125)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 34,377 (up from 33,907)
There have been 37 patients deemed to have "probably" died from COVID-19, though that total isn't included in the aforementioned death toll. Those cases represent victims who never received a COVID-19 test, but for whom doctors believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the virus caused their death.