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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Sunday, August 23

The latest figures have been released by the Minnesota Department of Health.

More than 700 new cases of COVID-19 and six newly reported deaths are included in Saturday's daily update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

It brings Minnesota's death toll up to 1,767, with the latest deaths including someone aged 45-49 in Hennepin County. Four of the six latest deaths occurred in long-term care facilities.

Overall, 1,310 of Minnesota's 1,767 COVID-19 deaths have been residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities, whom the CDC says are more vulnerable to severe illness from the virus.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped from 316 Saturday to 301 Sunday, with the ICU total also dropping from 148 to 137 patients.

Sunday's update includes 728 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 11 of which have been removed for an official count of 717 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 9,064 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 7.91%.

The positivity test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (717) divided by total completed tests (16,718). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.29%.

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 6.67% as of Friday

"If you go above 5% it indicates that you may be heading back into a phase of more rapid spread of the disease," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 1,374,536 (up from 1,357,595)
  • People tested: 1,060,320 (up from 1,051,256)
  • Positive cases: 69,584 (up from 68,867)
  • Deaths: 1,767 (up from 1,761)
  • Currently hospitalized: 301 (down from 316)
  • Patients in intensive care: 137 (down from 148)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 62,373 (up from 61,698)

There have also been 46 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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Note: Previous BMTN updates have shown the test positivity rate based on total number of completed tests, whereas going forward the daily test positivity rate will also be calculated based on the number of people testing positive divided by the total number of people tested (some patients are tested multiple times, which drives up the testing total).

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