Wednesday's COVID-19 situation report from the Minnesota Department of Health shows nine more deaths and 617 new positive test results.
The encouraging news from the update is that the number of COVID-19 patients requiring hospital care has dipped, dropping from 328 Tuesday to 305 Wednesday, including 152 patients in the ICU – that's down seven from Tuesday's report.
Of the nine dead: 1 person in their 80s from Aitkin County; 1 person in their 70s from Crow Wing County; 1 person in their 70s from Dakota County; 5 people in Hennepin County, aged in their 60s (2), 80s (1) and 90s (2); and 1 person in their 80s from Scott County.
Wednesday's update from the MDH includes 629 new cases of the coronavirus, 12 of which have been removed for an official count of 617. Those positive cases are the result of 11,720 diagnostic tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 5.26%.
Tuesday's update featured a daily test positivity rate of 7.47%. Minnesota's test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, based on MDH data, as of Wednesday, is 4.95%.
Note: Due to reporting delays and changes, the numbers in the chart below 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.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 1,090,303 (up from 1,078,695)
- Positive cases: 57,779 (up from 57,162)
- Deaths: 1,629 (up from 1,620)
- Currently hospitalized: 305 (down from 328)
- Patients in intensive care: 152 (down from 159)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 51,223 (up from 50,426)
Overall, 1,237 of Minnesota's 1,629 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.