The Friday coronavirus report from the Minnesota Department of Health includes more than 1,100 new cases and 10 deaths.
The past three reports have totaled 40 deaths, bringing Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll to 2,059. Of those, 1,472 have been residents of long-term care facilities, including seven of the 10 newly reported deaths Friday.
Hospital numbers remain a mystery due to the health department removing current data from its daily reports. However, the state's COVID-19 dashboard shows that 1,060 of the state's 2,158 ICU beds are currently occupied, though how many of those patients have COVID-19 is unknown.
However, in the week ending Sept. 26 there were nearly 400 new hospital admissions – the highest weekly total since Minnesota experienced significant levels of COVID-19 in late April and all of May.
More than 100 patients were admitted to an ICU during the week ending Sept. 26, which also is on par with the highest ICU levels the state experienced in late April and all of May.
Friday's update includes 1,184 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 18 of which have been removed, so the official count remains at 1,166 cases. Those positives are the result of 17,475 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 6.67%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (1,166) divided by total completed tests (32,077). In that case, the positivity rate is 3.63%.
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.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 2,086,963 (up from 2,055,888)
- People tested: 1,447,050 (up from 1,429,575)
- Positive cases: 101,366 (up from 100,200)
- Deaths: 2,059 (up from 2,049)
- Hospitalized (cumulative since start of pandemic): 7,793 (up from 7,758)
- ICU admissions (cumulative): 2,156 (up from 2,148)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 90,492 (up from 89,980)
There have also been 53 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.