Minnesota’s COVID-19 test positivity rate soared to 8.3% as of Tuesday, the highest mark since vaccines first rolled out late last year. The seven-day rolling average for the state’s positivity rate continues to climb toward the high risk category. The state draws that line at 10%. Meanwhile, COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota reached 960 as of Monday and included 254 people needing intensive care. The escalating COVID-19 wave is fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant.