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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, Sept. 26

The latest stats from MDH.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Minnesota has passed 2,000 after 10 more deaths were confirmed Saturday.

The 10 new deaths bring the total to 2,004. Of the latest fatalities, 6 were in long-term care for a total of 1,444. 

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized is unclear because the MDH stopped publicizing that data on Thursday. Instead, the MDH is only releasing new admissions to the hospital and ICU in its daily report.

The state's hospital system has a maximum ICU capacity of 2,158 patients. As of Saturday, 1,062 of the ICU beds are occupied, though again, it's unclear how many of those patients have COVID-19.

Saturday's update includes 1,478 new positive tests for the coronavirus, eight of which have been removed for an official count of 1,470 cases. Those positives are the result of 17,526 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 8.56%.

The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (1,470) divided by total completed tests (31,055). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.73%.

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.

Three more people were added to the death toll in Thursday's report.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 1,954,715 (up from 1,924,020)
  • People tested: 1,368,682 (up from 1,351,156)
  • Positive cases: 95,659 (up from 94,189)
  • Deaths: 2,004 (up from 1,994)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 85,259 (up from 84,256)

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.

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