Wednesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes an increase in hospitalizations and patients in ICU with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The total number of patients with COVID-19 is up from 266 to 273, with the increase represented solely by ICU patients, which including 119 of the 273 hospital cases in the state. It's the highest number of patients Minnesota has seen hospitalized with the disease since July 2, though is still far short of the state's all-time high of 606 on May 28.
There were also four new deaths reported, including an individual in their 20s from Mille Lacs County. It is just the third death involving someone in their 20s in Minnesota, and just the fourth for anyone under the age of 30. Earlier this week, the health department confirmed the death of a 9-month-old baby in Clay County.
Overall, the Wednesday update includes 507 new cases, two of which have been removed for an official count of 505. Those positives are the result of 12,233 tests, which creates a daily positive test rate of 4.13%.
The World Health Organization says that a 14-day positive test rate of below 5 percent is the key to keeping businesses open. Minnesota's 7-day rolling average, as of Monday, was 4.32%, according to Johns Hopkins University.
"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: 888,551 (up from 876,859)
- Positive cases: 47,961 (up from 47,457)
- Deaths: 1,552 (up from 1,548)
- Still hospitalized: 273 (up from 266)
- Patients in intensive care: 119 (up from 112)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 42,234 (up from 41,511)