Four newly reported deaths in Saturday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health were all patients in their 80s from the seven-county Twin Cities metro area.
Three of the four were residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities. Such residents account for 1,357 of Minnesota's 1,851 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, according to MDH data.
Saturday's update includes 924 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 10 of which have been removed for an official count of 914 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 9,493 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 9.63%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (914) divided by total completed tests (18,710). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.88%.
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 8.60% as of Friday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,577,466 (up from 1,558,831)
- People tested: 1,177,800 (up from 1,168,307)
- Positive cases: 79,880 (up from 78,966)
- Deaths: 1,851 (up from 1,847)
- Currently hospitalized: 279 (up from 274)
- Patients in intensive care: 133 (down from 138)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 71,507 (up from 70,537)
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.