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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, September 19

Cases continue to rise but hospitalizations remain fairly steady.
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Thirteen more deaths are included in Saturday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health, bringing the state's death toll since the start of the pandemic to 1,963. 

Eight of the 13 newly reported deaths were residents of long-term care facilities, while all 13 patients were at least 70 years of age, including six 85 or older. Of the 1,963 total deaths, 1,422 have been residents of long-term care facilities. 

Saturday's update includes 924 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 14 of which have been removed for an official count of 910 cases. Those positives are the result of 12,558 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 7.25%.

The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (910) divided by total completed tests (23,157). In that case, the positivity rate is 3.93%.

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.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 1,815,774 (up from 1,791,680)
  • People tested: 1,291,395 (up from 1,278,837)
  • Positive cases: 88,721 (up from 87,807)
  • Deaths: 1,963 (up from 1,950)
  • Currently hospitalized: 241 (down from 250)
  • Patients in intensive care: 134 (down from 136)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 80,407 (up from 80,221)

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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