Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, August 12

It's the first double-digit death report since early July.
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Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll increased by 12 in Wednesday's update from the state health department (MDH). The 12 deaths are the most in a single-day reporting period since 13 patients were reported as deaths on July 2, and it's just the third day of double-digit deaths since mid-June. 

Nine of the 12 fatal cases involved residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities. Six of the cases were patients in their 80s, two were aged in their 70s and 90s, respectively, and the other two deaths were patients in their 50s and 60s, respectively. 

Wednesday's update includes 470 new cases of the coronavirus, six of which have been removed for an official count of 464. Those positive cases are the result of 10,957 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.23%.

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 Wednesday, is 4.58%. Note: Due to reporting delays and changes, the daily testing totals 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 dropped from 337 to 335, though the number of patients in the ICU increased from 147 to 154.

However, Minnesota healthcare facilities have a maximum capacity of 2,182 ICU beds, of which there are currently 1,025 in use.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Tests: 1,188,288 (up from 1,177,935)
  • Positive cases: 62,303 (up from 61,839)
  • Deaths: 1,678 (up from 1,666)
  • Currently hospitalized: 335 (down from 337)
  • Patients in intensive care: 154 (up from 147)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 55,855 (up from 55,151)

Overall, 1,260 of Minnesota's 1,678 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.

The report also added five "probable" COVID-19 deaths, which brings that total to 46, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll. 

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