Publish date:

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, August 5

The death toll has reached 1,629 in Minnesota.

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.

Next Up

Dean Evason

Wild fall flat against Predators, lose first game of season

The Wild couldn't stay out of the penalty box in a 5-2 loss.

Screen Shot 2021-10-24 at 10.11.36 AM

Search for Wisconsin woman whose vehicle was found near Hinckley

Ashley L. Miller, 33, was reported missing on Sep. 24 after her vehicle was found without her in it.

Dak Prescott

Report: Dak Prescott will be 'ready to go' for matchup with Vikings

The Dallas quarterback is expected to be available for next Sunday's showdown.

Eddie Rosario

Where Eddie Rosario's championship series heroics rank since 2000

The former Twin put together an all-timer to help the Braves reach the World Series.

plane, Piper PA-32

2 dead after plane crashes near residence in rural Wisconsin

The aircraft also struck the house during the crash.

Screen Shot 2021-10-23 at 9.38.43 PM

1 dead after van crashes and lands on Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center

Northbound Highway 100 was shut down following the crash Saturday night.

Jess Peterson

Woman killed in crash ID'd as 'bad ass biker chick' with 'giving spirit'

The 30-year-old died in a motorcycle crash on Oct. 19.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' defense fuels win over Pelicans

The Wolves' have bought in on the defensive end as part of a 2-0 start.

Minnesota Wild

Ryan Hartman's OT goal helps Wild stay undefeated

The Wild improved to 4-0 with a win over the Ducks.

Mar'Keise Irving / Gopher Football

Gophers pound Maryland to stay in Big Ten West race

Four different players scored a rushing touchdown in a 34-16 victory over Maryland.


coronavirus, nurse

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, August 7

The death toll from the virus in Minnesota is now 1,640.

coronavirus testing

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

It's the most deaths reported in a single day since mid-June.


Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Sunday, August 16

Minnesota is the 24th state to reach 1,700 deaths.

coronavirus, ICU

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, August 27

The MDH criticized a suburban clinic that failed to report data in a timely manner.

coronavirus, ICU, COVID-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, August 26

The death toll since the start of the pandemic is nearing 1,800.

coronavirus, covid-19

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

It's the first double-digit death report since early July.