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%.