Fifty-three deaths have been reported by the Minnesota Department of Health over the past four days, including 14 in Saturday's updated situation report.
Of the 14 newly reported deaths, one person in Kanabec County was under the age of 55. Four people were aged in their 90s, two were in their 80s, five were in their 70s and two were in their 60s. Of the 14, ten were residents of long-term care facilities. The total death toll since March in Minnesota is 2,079. Of those, 1,482 have been residents of long-term care.
This the first four-day streak of double-digit deaths reported by the state health department since June 17-20.
Saturday's update includes 1,434 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 13 of which have been removed, so the official count remains at 1,421 cases. Those positives are the result of 15,482 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 9.18%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (1,421) divided by total completed tests (29,492). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.82%.
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.
Current hospital numbers are unknown due to the health department removing current data from its daily reports. However, in the week ending Sept. 26 there were nearly 400 new hospital admissions – the highest weekly total since Minnesota experienced significant levels of COVID-19 in late April and all of May. The next weekly report will be made public next Thursday.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 2,116,038 (up from 2,086,963)
- People tested: 1,462,532 (up from 1,447,050)
- Positive cases: 102,787 (up from 101,366)
- Deaths: 2,073 (up from 2,059)
- Hospitalized (cumulative since start of pandemic): 7,846 (up from 7,793)
- ICU admissions (cumulative): 2,170 (up from 2,156)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 91,844 (up from 90,492)
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.