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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, October 23

The health department has reported 68 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 72 hours.

Thirteen more people have died and more than 1,700 people have been infected with COVID-19, according to Friday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health. 

The death toll for the duration of the pandemic is up to 2,314, the majority of whom (1,623) were people living in long-term care settings. Just two of the 13 newly reported deaths Friday were residents of long-term care. Of the 13, there was a person in their 40s from Dakota County and two individuals aged in their 50s, both from Ramsey County. 

There were 1,721 positive tests reported, of which ten were removed for a total of 1,711 confirmed cases. The MDH reported 26,343 diagnostic PCR tests and an additional 399 antigen tests for a total of 26,742 completed tests.

Those tests were from 11,320 people tested. As if often the case, patients are tested multiple times, so the more accurate reading for test positivity rate is based on the total number of people tested, which today is 15.1%.

The positivity rate for Friday when total cases is divided by total tests is 6.40%. Health experts say positivity rates need to be below the 5% mark to control the spread of the virus.

As of Oct. 22, there were 163 COVID-19 patients in an ICU in Minnesota, in addition to another 421 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in a non-ICU bed. Overall, the state's maximum number of available ICU beds (1,905) are 56.7% filled (1,080 patients, of which 163 have COVID-19).

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 2,614,124 (up from 2,587,268)
  • People tested: 1,733,893 (up from 1,722,573)
  • Positive cases: 129,863 (up from 128,152)
  • Deaths: 2,314 – 12 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,301)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 114,679 (up from 113,976)

* 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.

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