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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, October 9

Minnesota is nearing 500 current COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Friday's COVID-19 report from the Minnesota Department of Health includes 14 new deaths, 12 of whom were residents of long-term care facilities. People from long-term care settings now account for 1,513 of the 2,121 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota since March. 

Meanwhile, the number of current COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized includes 133 in an ICU (down from 139 Thursday) and 338 in non-ICU care. That's a total of 471, which is up from 457 on Thursday. 

The public dashboard has also been updated, now show the state's hospitals have a maximum capacity of 1,903 ICU beds, of which 1,090 are currently occupied. The state also is currently seeing 6,958 of 9,974 (70%) non-ICU hospital beds occupied.

Meanwhile, Thursday's update includes 1,401 new cases, 11 of which have been removed for an official count is 1,390 cases. Those positives are the result of 16,973 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 8.19%.

The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (1,390) divided by total completed tests (31,857). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.36%.

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: 2,256,165 (up from 2,224,194)
  • People tested: 1,543,532 (up from 1,526,559)
  • Positive cases: 109,312 (up from 107,922)
  • Deaths: 2,121 (up from 2,107)
  • Hospitalized (cumulative since start of pandemic): 8,251 (up from 8,187)
  • ICU admissions (cumulative): 2,267 (up from 2,245)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 97,715 (up from 97,254)

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.

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