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COVID-19 News: Minnesota hospitalizations, deaths drop to 3-month low

The number of coronavirus patients in Minnesota intensive care units has dipped to a three-month low.

The Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday reported 103 patients in intensive care, a total last seen April 16 in the early weeks of the pandemic. It also reported 249 total hospitalizations, continuing a downward trend from a peak in late May. The state reported eight new deaths in line with another slow decline.

But there are also concerning signs. The state’s positivity rate _ a measure of whether spread is accelerating _ has inched up from 3.4% two weeks ago to 4.3%.


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