Seven more people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, according to Sunday's situation report update from the state health department.
Of the seven newly reported deaths, four of the patients were aged in their 70s, one person was in their 80s and two individuals were in their 90s. Four of the seven were residents of long-term care facilities, which have accounted for 1,486 of the Minnesota's 2,080 COVID-19 deaths since mid-March.
Sunday's update includes 1,048 new positive tests for the coronavirus, nine of which have been removed, so the official count remains at 1,039 cases. Those positives are the result of 17,687 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 5.87%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (1,039) divided by total completed tests (28,833). In that case, the positivity rate is 3.60%.
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.
Current hospital numbers are unknown due to the health department removing current data from its daily reports. However, in the week ending Sept. 26 there were nearly 400 new hospital admissions – the highest weekly total since Minnesota experienced significant levels of COVID-19 in late April and all of May. The next weekly report will be made public next Thursday.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 2,146,411 (up from 2,116,038)
- People tested: 1,480,219 (up from 1,462,532)
- Positive cases: 103,826 (up from 102,787)
- Deaths: 2,080 (up from 2,073)
- Hospitalized (cumulative since start of pandemic): 7,887 (up from 7,846)
- ICU admissions (cumulative): 2,177 (up from 2,170)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 93,148 (up from 91,844)
There have also been 53 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.