A further 18 people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, while the number of positive cases has passed the 3,000 mark for the first time in a single day.
The latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health states there have been 3,165 new positive tests for COVID-19 between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday, of which 11 were removed for a total of 3,154.
The 18 new deaths meanwhile bring the state's total deaths to 2,437. Twelve of the newly reported deaths were in long-term care, according to Friday's update from MDH.
Long-term care facilities now account for 1,701 of Minnesota's 2,437 deaths, and comes as health officials say the virus is being brought in typically by staff, many of whom are themselves are contracting it from small social gatherings.
The MDH reported 32,850 diagnostic PCR tests and an additional 1,060 antigen tests for a total of 33,910 completed tests.
Those tests were from 16,323 people tested. Patients are often tested multiple times, so the more accurate reading for test positivity rate is based on the total number of people tested, which today is 19.3%.
The positivity rate for Friday when total cases is divided by total tests is 9.3%. Health experts say positivity rates need to be below the 5% mark to control the spread of the virus.
The number of people with COVID-19 who are currently hospitalized also increased again in Friday's report to set a new record, with 176 people in intensive care (up from 173 Thursday) and 562 COVID-19 patients in non-ICU beds (up from 521).
Here's a look at how total COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased this week:
- Monday – 616 people
- Tuesday – 658
- Wednesday – 680
- Thursday – 694
- Friday – 738
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 2,803,338 (up from 2,770,450)
- People tested: 1,836,196 (up from 1,819,873)
- Positive cases: 145,465 (up from 142,311)
- Deaths: 2,437 – 17 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,419)
- Hospitalized: 562 (up from 521)
- In ICU: 176 (up from 173)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 125,052 (up from 124,379)
* Probable deaths are patients who died after testing positive using the COVID-19 antigen test, which is thought to be less accurate than the more common PCR test.