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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, August 31

The test positivity rate continues to increase in Minnesota.

For the first time since April 6, the Minnesota Department of Health's (MDH) daily COVID-19 update includes just one newly reported death. There were no deaths reported July 4, but that was due to the national holiday, making Aug. 31 the first time in nearly five months that only one death has been included in a daily report. 

The lone fatal case was a person in their 70s from Waseca County. 

Monday's"s update includes 679 new positive tests for the coronavirus, four of which have been removed for an official count of 675 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 5,952 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 11.34%.

The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (675) divided by total completed tests (11,346). In that case, the positivity rate is 5.95%.

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 9.08% as of Sunday.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 1,489,726 (up from 1,478,432)
  • People tested: 1,128,023 (up from 1,122,071)
  • Positive cases: 75,864 (up from 75,189)
  • Deaths: 1,817 (up from 1,816)
  • Currently hospitalized: 306 (down from 315)
  • Patients in intensive care: 131 (down from 136)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 67,656 (up from 66,916)

There have also been 49 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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