Two more deaths and more than 900 new cases of COVID-19 are included in Sunday's daily coronavirus report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
MDH says that it's still working through a backlog of 19,000 tests that hadn't been reported in a timely manner from labs run by Valley Medical, which is likely to affect the daily figures – increasing the daily count – through early this week.
Sunday"s update includes 934 new positive tests for the coronavirus, two of which have been removed for an official count of 932 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 10,934 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 8.52%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (932) divided by total completed tests (17,498). In that case, the positivity rate is 5.33%.
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 9.00% as of Saturday.
There were also two deaths in Sunday's report, including a person in their 50s from Jackson County and an individual in their 90s from Sherburne County.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,478,432 (up from 1,460,381)
- People tested: 1,122,071 (up from 1,111,137)
- Positive cases: 75,189 (up from 74,257)
- Deaths: 1,816 (up from 1,814)
- Currently hospitalized: 315 (up from 313)
- Patients in intensive care: 136 (up from 134)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 66,916 (up from 66,107)
There have also been 49 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.