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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, September 18

The latest figures from MDH.

Eight more deaths in Friday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health brings the state's total death count since the start of the pandemic to 1,950, including 1,414 patients who were residents of long-term care facilities.

Six of the eight newly reported deaths in Friday's report were residents of long-term care facilities.

Friday's update includes 1,099 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 14 of which have been removed for an official count of 1,085 cases. Those positives are the result of 15,291 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 7.09%.

The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (1,085) divided by total completed tests (29,431). In that case, the positivity rate is 3.68%.

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 7.71% as of Thursday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 1,791,680 (up from 1,763,735)
  • People tested:  1,278,837 (up from 1,263,546)
  • Positive cases:  87,807 (up from 86,722)
  • Deaths: 1,950 (up from 1,942)
  • Currently hospitalized: 250 (up from 242)
  • Patients in intensive care: 136 (up from 132)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation 80,221 (up from 79,878)

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.

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