Nine deaths and more than 900 cases of COVID-19 are included in Saturday's updated situation report from the Minnesota Department of Health.
That brings the COVID-19 death toll in Minnesota to 1,906, of which 1,389 have happened in long-term care facilities. The nine newly reported deaths includes seven patients who were from long-term care facilities, with victim ages ranging from 70-94 years old.
Saturday's update includes 929 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 57 of which have been removed for an official count of 872 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 9,962 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 8.75%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (872) divided by total completed tests (20,508). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.25%.
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 8.47% as of Friday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,684,520 (up from 1,665,328)
- People tested: 1,222,522 (up from 1,212,560)
- Positive cases: 83,588 (up from 82,716)
- Deaths: 1,906 (up from 1,897)
- Currently hospitalized: 247 (down from 253)
- Patients in intensive care: 140 (up from 139)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 76,650 (up from 75,757)
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.