Minnesota's coronavirus death toll is nearing 2,000 after six more fatal cases were reported Friday by the Minnesota Department of the Health.
The six new deaths bring the total to 1,994. All six of the newly reported cases were people at least 70 years of age, including three of the six being residents of long-term care facilities.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized is unclear because the MDH stopped publicizing that data on Thursday. Instead, the MDH is only releasing new admissions to the hospital and ICU in its daily report. For Friday, there were 23 new admissions, including seven patients requiring treatment in an ICU.
The state's hospital system has a maximum ICU capacity of 2,158 patients. As of Friday, 1,062 of the ICU beds are occupied, though again, it's unclear how many of those patients have COVID-19.
Friday's update includes 1,191 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 14 of which have been removed for an official count of 1,177 cases. Those positives are the result of 14,305 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 8.23%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (1,177) divided by total completed tests (28,230). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.17%.
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.
Three more people were added to the death toll in Thursday's report.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,924,020 (up from 1,895,302)
- People tested: 1,351,156 (up from 1,336,851)
- Positive cases: 94,189 (up from 93,012)
- Deaths: 1,994 (up from 1,988)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 84,256 (up from 83,862)
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.