Wednesday's COVID-19 situation report from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that 446 patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the latest reporting period, which began Monday at 4 p.m. and ended Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The report includes eight more deaths, bringing the death toll from the virus in Minnesota to 1,485. One death was a person in their 30s and another was a patient in their 40s, while the rest were 60+ years old.
Seven of the 463 positive tests have been removed for an official tally of 456. Cases are removed for a variety of reasons, including patients being from another state and false positive test results.
The 456 positives came from 7,723 tests, creating a daily positive test rate of 5.9%. That comes on the heals of a 7.6% positive test rate in Monday's report and more than 10% positive in Tuesday's report.
The World Health Organization says that a 14-day positive test rate of below 5% is the key to keeping businesses open. Minnesota's 7-day rolling average is nearing 4%, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 692,970 (up from 685,247)
- Confirmed cases: 39,589 (up from 39,133)
- Deaths: 1,485 (up from 1,477)
- Still hospitalized: 265 (down from 267)
- Patients in intensive care: 122 (up from 121)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 34,902 (up from 34,377)
There have been 38 patients deemed to have "probably" died from COVID-19, though that total isn't included in the aforementioned death toll. Those cases represent victims who never received a COVID-19 test, but for whom doctors believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the virus caused their death.