Six more deaths have been confirmed from COVID-19 in Minnesota per the latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health.
The latest deaths include a patient aged 45-49 in Beltrami County and an individual aged 55-59 in Anoka County. Four of the six died in private residences, with the other two dying in long-term care facilities.
There have now been 1,857 deaths from COVID-19 in Minnesota, of which 1,357 have happened in long-term care facilities.
Sunday's update includes 714 new positive tests for the coronavirus, seven of which have been removed for an official count of 707 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 10,493 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 6.8%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (707) divided by total completed tests (16601). 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.
The test positivity rate over a 7-day average, based on total number of people tested, according to Johns Hopkins University, was 8.43% as of Saturday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,594,639 (up from 1,577,466)
- People tested: 1,188,293 (up from 1,177,800)
- Positive cases: 80,587 (up from 79,880)
- Deaths: 1,857 (up from 1,851)
- Currently hospitalized: 284 (up from 279)
- Patients in intensive care: 143 (up from 133)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 72,463 (up from 71,507)
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.