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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, September 4

Minnesota is nearing 80,000 total cases since the start of the pandemic.

A person in their early 40s is among the 10 newly reported COVID-19 deaths in Friday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health. 

The newly reported deaths Friday includes three patients younger than 60, including a patient from Ramsey County in their early 40s. It's unclear if that victim had any underlying health conditions. Deaths reported Friday: 

  • 2 in Ramsey County, ages 40-44 and 80-84
  • 2 in Anoka County, ages 50-54 and 80-84
  • 3 in Hennepin County, ages 70-74, 85-89, and 90-94
  • 1 in Marshall County, age 55-59
  • 2 in Martin County, ages 75-79 and 85-89

Minnesota has had 50 COVID-19-positive patients under the age of 50 die since the start of the pandemic, according to MDH Data. Of Minnesota's 1,847 confirmed COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic, 1,354 have been residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities, per MDH data. 

Friday's update includes 856 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 13 of which have been removed for an official count of 843 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 9,919 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 8.50%.

The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (843) divided by total completed tests (18,693). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.51%.

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 8.83% as of Thursday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 1,558,831 (up from 1,540,107)
  • People tested: 1,168,307 (up from 1,158,388)
  • Positive cases: 78,966 (up from 78,123)
  • Deaths: 1,847 (up from 1,837)
  • Currently hospitalized: 274 (up from 272)
  • Patients in intensive care: 138 (even)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 70,537 (up from 70,175)

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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