ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – Minnesota health officials expressed concern about the state’s rising COVID-19 positivity rate on Wednesday.

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says they track the seven-day average of COVID-19 tests coming back positive every day.

On Wednesday it was 4.8%, up from 4.7% the day before, and up from 4.4% a week ago.

“So you can see with the testing positivity rate that definite trend upward there,” said Malcolm. “Not at a super accelerating rate, but still a steady progression up, in terms of our test positivity rate.”

MDH has said previously that it will be concerning if the rate goes to 5% for more than five days in a row.