Four more deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the latest data release from the Minnesota Department of Health.
The new deaths bring the total to 2,008. Of the latest fatalities, one happened in a long-term care facility. So far, 1,445 of the 2,008 deaths were long-term care patients.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized is unclear because the MDH stopped publicizing that data on Thursday. Instead, the MDH is only releasing new admissions to the hospital and ICU in its daily report.
Sunday's update includes 1,077 new positive tests for the coronavirus, two of which have been removed for an official count of 1,075 cases. Those positives are the result of 15,830 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 6.79%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (1,075) divided by total completed tests (25,283). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.25%.
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: 1,981,100 (up from 1,954,715)
- People tested: 1,384,512 (up from 1,368,682)
- Positive cases: 96,734 (up from 95,659)
- Deaths: 2,008 (up from 2,004)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 86,252 (up from 85,259)
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.