Nearly 15,000 tests for COVID-19 were analyzed in the latest reporting period from the Minnesota Department of Health, with just shy of 500 of the tests returning positive results.
There are 498 new cases in Friday's report, five of which have been removed for an official tally of 493. Cases are removed for a variety of reasons, including patients being from another state and false positive test results.
All five of the newly reported deaths were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities. Residents of congregate care make up 1,112 of the 1,411 total deaths in Minnesota.
Friday marks the sixth consecutive day Minnesota has reported single-digit deaths from the virus, which comes after nearly two full months featuring double-digit deaths almost every day.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Tests: 557,278 (up from 542,696)
- Confirmed cases: 34,616 (up from 34,123)
- Deaths: 1,411 (up from 1,406)
- Still hospitalized: 335 (down from 336)
- Patients in intensive care: 157 (down from 162).
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 29,854 (up from 29,854)
There have been 35 patients deemed to have "probably" died from COVID-19, though that total isn't included in the aforementioned death toll. Those cases represent victims who never received a COVID-19 test, but for whom doctors believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the virus caused their death.