Minnesota hits COVID testing milestone

The state sees a jump in new COVID-19 cases as statewide testing surpasses 19,000.

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC/TNS)

The largest one-day volume of COVID-19 testing brought a jump in cases, according to data released by state health officials Sunday.

Nine more Minnesotans have died from COVID-19, and another 806 cases were confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Those new cases were reported with a volume of 19,959 tests for the virus — the highest single-day volume of testing for the virus in the state since testing began in March. The 806 new cases means about 4% of those tests came back positive.

Although new case counts have been rising slightly this summer, that comes with a rising volume of tests. The percentage of positive tests remains at just below 5%.

Of the nine deaths reported Sunday, eight people were residents in the Twin Cities metro area between 70 and 89 years old. One was a resident of Steele County in their 80s. Four of the people who died were residents of long-term care facilities.


The number of people hospitalized has risen slightly since mid-July. MDH reports 312 people were hospitalized for the illness, with 148 of them needing intensive care. Despite the slight rise, the number is still well below the peak in hospitalizations in mid- to late May, when more than 600 people were hospitalized and about 260 people were in intensive care units.

Most of the numbers reported Sunday cover a 24-hour period as of 4 p.m. Saturday.

Positive Cases by County

Minnesota Positive Cases

Graph of confirmed cases of COVID-19 by specimen collection date, data in table below.

Minnesota Deaths

Deaths of confirmed cases in Minnesota, data in table below

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