Tuesday there were nine deaths attributed to COVID-19 by the Minnesota Department of Health, a third straight day with a death total of less than ten. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

“In terms of the hospitalization and death rates that does seem to indicate a positive trend in the severity of the disease.”

This is the first time since April 16th Minnesota has seen a three day stretch of single-digit death totals. Malcolm suggested increased testing will not only uncover more overall cases, but it will also uncover cases that are far more mild, leading to a lower death rate from the virus.

MDH says a lower death rate also means they are gaining ground when it comes to long term care facilities.

“I do want to acknowledge that we have seen really positive impacts when it comes to our congregate care settings. That is also contributing to the slow-down in deaths.”