(FOX 9) - The state of Minnesota reported six more COVID-19 deaths and 714 new cases Sunday.
According to new data released by the Minnesota Department of Health, 714 new positive cases were reported Sunday, bringing the total to 80,587 since the pandemic began. More than 70,000 Minnesotans no longer require isolation from COVID-19.
Of the six newly reported deaths, two were residents in long-term living facilities. The youngest patient death was a person in their 40s. To date, 1,857 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19.
As of Sunday, 284 patients are hospitalized, with 143 in the ICU.
Approximately 1.5 million COVID-19 tests have been reported to the state to date.
Minnesotans in their 20s account for the highest number of COVID-19 cases, with more than 10,000 of positive cases coming in the 20-24-year-old age group.
In a press conference on Thursday, Governor Tim Walz warned Minnesota could be nearing a tipping point in the pandemic. State health officials say the state is at a more precarious position heading into Labor Day weekend than it was heading into the Fourth of July weekend.
Monday, Minnesota Health Department Commissioner Jan Malcolm pointed to personal and private get-togethers as one of the main culprits for the continued spread of the virus.
“There isn’t a different set of rules for personal or private gatherings,” Malcolm said.
According to state infectious disease expert Kris Ehresmann, recent outbreaks have been traced back to personal gatherings, parties or weddings. She said COVID-19 spread in Minnesota is not coming from grocery stores, gas stations and retailers where mask usage is enforced.