Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, October 1

The latest numbers are in.

Thursday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health shows more than 1,000 new cases to bring the cumulative number of Minnesotans infected by the coronavirus to more than 100,000 since the first case was reported on March 6. 

The report also includes 13 more deaths – there were 17 deaths reported Wednesday – to push the death toll to 2,049. Of those, 1,465 were residents of long-term care, including seven of the 13 new fatal cases. 

According to the state's COVID-19 dashboard, the maximum ICU capacity of Minnesota's hospitals is 2,158 – 1,069 of which are currently occupied (this is for all ailments, not just COVID-19). That's up one from Wednesday's report, but down two from Tuesday's update. 

It's unclear how many COVID-19 patients are in the ICU right now because the MDH stopped reporting that statistic last week.

Thursday's update includes 1,066 new positive tests for the coronavirus, none of which have been removed, so the official count remains at 1,066 cases. Those positives are the result of 14,874 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 7.16%.

The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (1,066) divided by total completed tests (25,108). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.24%.

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: 2,055,888 (up from 2,030,167)
  • People tested: 1,429,575 (up from 1,414,701)
  • Positive cases: 100,200 (up from 99,134)
  • Deaths: 2,049 (up from 2,036)
  • Hospitalized (cumulative since start of pandemic): 7,758 (up from 7,701)
  • ICU admissions (cumulative): 2,148 (up from 2,146)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 89,980 (up from 89,392)

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.

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