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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Oct. 19

The latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Minnesota has reported a further five deaths from COVID-19 and more than 1,600 cases in the state's Monday update.

The latest deaths all happened in individuals aged 60 or old, with four out of the five living in long-term care facilities.  

There were 1,632 positive tests reported, of which five were removed for a total of 1,627 confirmed cases.

The MDH reported 22,098 diagnostic PCR tests and an additional 73 antigen tests for a total of 22,171 completed tests.

Those tests were from 12,947 people tested. As if often the case, patients are tested multiple times, so the more accurate reading for test positivity rate is based on the total number of people tested, which today is 12.5%.

The positivity rate when total cases is divided by total tests is 7.33%. Health experts say positivity rates need to be below the 5% mark to control the spread of the virus.

The five newly reported deaths pushes Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll to 2,239, of which 1,578 have been residents of long-term care facilities.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 2,531,998 (up from 2,509,734)
  • People tested: 1,694,265 (up from 1,681,318)
  • Positive cases:  124,439 (up from 122,812)
  • Deaths: 2,239, ten of which are "probable*" (up from 2,234)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 109,963 (up from 108,316)

* Probable deaths are patients who died after testing positive using the COVID-19 antigen test, which is thought to be less accurate than the more common PCR test.

The latest forecast from Sven Sundgaard

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