Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll is nearing 1,900 after the state health department reported 13 new deaths on Friday.
That brings the COVID-19 death toll in Minnesota to 1,897, of which 1,382 have happened in long-term care facilities. The 13 newly reported fatal cases includes one patient in their 60s, three in their 70s, six people in their 80s and three individuals who were in their 90s.
Friday's update includes 484 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 17 of which have been removed for an official count of 467 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 7,059 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 6.62%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (467) divided by total completed tests (17,841). In that case, the positivity rate is 2.62%.
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.
The test positivity rate over a 7-day average, based on total number of people tested, according to Johns Hopkins University, was 8.76% as of Thursday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,665,328 (up from 1,646,961)
- People tested: 1,212,560 (up from 1,205,501)
- Positive cases: 82,716 (up from 82,249)
- Deaths: 1,884 (up from 1,884)
- Currently hospitalized: 253 (down from 257)
- Patients in intensive care: 139 (up from 138)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 75,757 (up from 75,425)
There have also been 52 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.