The Minnesota Department of Health says they have a new metric they’re looking at in determining how the state is doing in regards to COVID-19.

“The new measure is the rate of new cases per one hundred thousand people averaged out over seven days,” said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. “Our threshold is five cases for one hundred thousand residents.”

Malcom says this new measure will replace the rate of doubling.

“This will make it easier to identify outbreaks or increases in cases faster than the doubling rate, which is a slow measure,” explained Malcom. “Currently over the last seven days, we are at 7.7 new cases.”

Malcom says the hospitalization rate Monday was the second-lowest since April 23rd.