Nine more deaths bring Minnesota's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic to 1,589, according to new data released Wednesday by the Department of Health (MDH).
Of the nine dead, seven were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities. Meanwhile, the number of patients in the hospital with COVID-19 continues to rise, with the concurrent total reported Wednesday rising to 310, including 143 patients in the ICU.
Of the 681 positive tests in the update, 15 were removed for an official count of 666. Those positive cases are the result of 13,481 diagnostic tests, which equates to a daily test positivity rate of 4.94%.
Minnesota's 7-day rolling average, as of Tuesday, is 4.79%, according to MDH data.
"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: 993,091 (up from 979,988)
- Positive cases: 52,947 (up from 52,281)
- Deaths: 1,589 (up from 1,580)
- Still hospitalized: 310 (up from 294)
- Patients in intensive care: 143 (up from 138)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 46,636 (up from 45,987)
Overall, 1,216 of Minnesota's 1,589 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.