Minnesota's COVID-19 update from the Department of Health (MDH) on Wednesday shows the highest single-day death report since June 19, with 17 new deaths included in the data release.
Of the 17, just one patient was younger than 70 – a person in their 60s from Ramsey County. Eight were from private residences, eight were from long-term care or assisted-living facilities, and one patient who died was from a group home/behavioral health facility.
Overall, 1,295 of Minnesota's 1,738 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 number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 jumped from 304 Tuesday to 321 Wednesday, though the number of ICU patients dropped from 154 to 152.
Wednesday's update includes 567 new cases of the coronavirus, 10 of which have been removed for an official count of 557. Those positive cases are the result of 17,620 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 3.16%.
The test positivity rate over a 7-day average, based on total number of people tested, according to Johns Hopkins University, was 7.37% as of Tuesday.
Note: Previous BMTN updates have shown the test positivity rate based on total number of completed tests, whereas going forward the daily test positivity rate will be based on positive results from total number of people tested (some patients are tested multiple times, which drives up the testing total).
"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:
- Total tests: 1,308,264 (up from 1,273,397)
- People tested: 1,020,926 (up from 1,003,306)
- Positive cases: 66,618 (up from 66,061)
- Deaths: 1,738 (up from 1,721)
- Currently hospitalized: 321 (up from 304)
- Patients in intensive care: 152 (down from 154)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 60,242 (up from 59,568)
There have also been 46 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.