MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota health officials reported 629 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and nine additional deaths.

The Minnesota Department of Health says the state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is at 57,779. Of them, nearly 51,223 have recovered and no longer require isolation.

A total of 305 people are currently in Minnesota hospitals, a number which has decreased by 23 compared to the day before. Of those, 152 are in the ICU.

The state’s death toll is now 1,629. The majority of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities.

MOREMDH’s Situation Update For COVID-19

Testing has now breached over 1,090,000 in the state. Nearly 12,000 were completed in the last 24 hours.

As Minnesota is capable of processing up to 20,000 tests each day, health officials are monitoring the state’s positivity rate. According to the “Dial Back Dashboard,” Minnesota’s positivity rate has hovered around 5% since the start of the month.

If the rate were to soar to 15% or climb 5% over 14 days, health officials would consider tightening COVID-19 restrictions.

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