A further four deaths from COVID-19 and more than 800 new cases have been confirmed in the latest Minnesota Department of Health release.
The latest deaths include two in long-term care facilities and two in private residences, and brings the state's total deaths from COVID-19 to 1,810, of which 1,333 have been in long-term care facilities.
MDH says that it's still working through a backlog of 19,000 tests that hadn't been reported in a timely manner from labs run by Valley Medical, which is likely to affect the daily figures for the next several days.
Friday's update includes 862 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 12 of which have been removed for an official count of 850 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 8,320 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 10.2%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (850) divided by total completed tests (16,319). In that case, the positivity rate is 5.2%.
The "tests completed" number is always higher than the "people tested" metric because some people get tested multiple times and those who test positive are only counted once, so it produces a less accurate positivity rate.
The test positivity rate over a 7-day average, based on total number of people tested, according to Johns Hopkins University, was 8.02% as of Friday.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,443,344 (up from 1,427,347)
- People tested: 1,101,710 (up from 1,093,390)
- Positive cases: 73,240 (up from 72,390)
- Deaths: 1,810 (up from 1,806)
- Currently hospitalized: 301 (down from 305)
- Patients in intensive care: 137 (down from 139)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 65,204 (up from 64,876)
There have also been 49 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.