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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, Oct. 17

The latest data from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Minnesota has reported a further five deaths from COVID-19 and almost 1,700 cases in the state's Saturday update.

A day after Minnesota set a single-day record for COVID-19 cases with 2,287, Minnesota's numbers dropped with 1,704 positive tests, of which 10 were removed for a total of 1,694.

The MDH reported 27,145 diagnostic PCR tests and an additional 1,071 antigen tests for a total of 28,216 completed tests.

Those tests were from 14,647 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 11.56%.

The positivity rate when total cases is divided by total tests is 6%. 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 2,217, of which 1,560 have been residents of long-term care facilities.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests:  2,477,132 (up from 2,448,315)
  • People tested: 1,661,351 (up from 1,646,704 )
  • Positive cases:  121,090 (up from 119,396)
  • Deaths: 2,217, nine of which are "probable*" (up from 2,212)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 106,774 (up from 105,120)

* 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.

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