Ten more people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, according to Saturday's update from the state health department. The death toll from the novel coronavirus is up to 2,131 in Minnesota, including 123 since Sept. 30.
Five of the ten newly reported deaths were residents of long-term care, which have accounted for 1,518 of Minnesota's 2,131 fatal cases.
Meanwhile, Saturday's update includes 1,537 new cases, 21 of which have been removed for an official count is 1,516 cases. Those positives are the result of 17,571 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 8.63%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (1,516) divided by total completed tests (31,665). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.79%.
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.
Hospital numbers are not updated by the Minnesota Department of Health during weekends, so they stand with Friday's numbers of COVID-19 patients in an ICU and 338 patients in non-ICU care, for a total of 471 COVID-19 patients.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 2,288,662 (up from 2,256,165)
- People tested: 1,561,103 (up from 1,543,532)
- Positive cases: 110,828 (up from 109,312)
- Deaths: 2,131 (up from 2,121)
- Hospitalized (cumulative since start of pandemic): 8,302 (up from 8,251)
- ICU admissions (cumulative): 2,277 (up from 2,267)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 99,054 (up from 97,715)
There have also been 53 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.