The Minnesota Department of Health's Labor Day update for how the coronavirus is evolving includes more than 600 new cases and three newly reported deaths from COVID-19 patients.
There have now been 1,860 deaths from COVID-19 in Minnesota, of which 1,360 have happened in long-term care facilities. The newly reported deaths includes two patients who were aged in their early 90s from Anoka and Waseca counties, respectively, and one person in their early 60s from Carver County.
Monday's update includes 638 new positive tests for the coronavirus, none of which have been removed for an official count of 638 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 9,382 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 6.80%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (638) divided by total completed tests (15,147). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.21%.
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 8.15% as of Sunday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,609,618 (up from 1,594,639)
- People tested: 1,197,675 (up from 1,188,293)
- Positive cases: 81,225 (up from 80,587)
- Deaths: 1,860 (up from 1,857)
- Currently hospitalized: 275 (down from 284)
- Patients in intensive care: 136 (down from 143)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 73,403 (up from 72,463)
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.