Four more deaths and more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 are included in Saturday's daily coronavirus report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
MDH says that it's still working through a backlog of 19,000 tests that hadn't been reported in a timely manner from labs run by Valley Medical, which is likely to affect the daily figures – increasing the daily count – through early next week.
Saturday's update includes 1,032 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 15 of which have been removed for an official count of 1,017 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 9,427 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 10.798%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (1,017) divided by total completed tests (17,102). 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 8.49% as of Friday.
All four of the newly reported deaths were people of at least 85 years old, all of them being residents of long-term care facilities.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,460,381 (up from 1,443,344)
- People tested: 1,111,137 (up from 1,101,710)
- Positive cases: 74,257 (up from 73,240)
- Deaths: 1,814 (up from 1,810)
- Currently hospitalized: 313 (up from 301)
- Patients in intensive care: 134 (down from 137)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 66,107 (up from 65,204)
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.