More than 900 new cases of COVID-19 are the result of more than 22,000 diagnostic tests in Monday's coronavirus update from the Minnesota Department of Health, which includes seven new deaths to bring the death toll since March to 2,015.
The seven newly reported deaths include two people aged 55-59; one person 60-64; two people 75-79; and one each in the 80-84 and 90-94 age brackets.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized is unclear because the MDH stopped publicizing that data last Thursday. Instead, the MDH is only releasing new admissions to the hospital and ICU in its daily report, and on Monday it announced 26 new hospital admissions, including 20 patients who have been admitted to an ICU.
According to the state's COVID-19 dashboard, the maximum ICU capacity of Minnesota's hospitals is 2,158 – 1,063 of which are currently occupied.
Monday's update includes 936 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 32 of which have been removed for an official count of 904 cases. Those positives are the result of 13,353 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 6.77%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (904) divided by total completed tests (22,162). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.08%.
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.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 2,003,115 (up from 1,981,100)
- People tested: 1,397,865 (up from 1,384,512)
- Positive cases: 97,638 (up from 96,734)
- Deaths: 2,015 (up from 2,008)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 87,330 (up from 86,252)
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.