Fifteen more people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, according to newly reported information released in Thursday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
That brings the COVID-19 death toll in Minnesota to 1,884, of which 1,375 have happened in long-term care facilities. The 15 newly reported fatal cases includes two patients aged in their 50s; one person each in their 60s and 70s, respectively; six individuals in their 80s; four in their 90s; and one person over the age of 100.
Thursday's update includes 389 new positive tests for the coronavirus, eight of which have been removed for an official count of 381 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 1,308 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 29.1%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (381) divided by total completed tests (7,903). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.82%.
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 reason there are only approximately 1,300 people tested in Thursday's report compared to nearly 8,000 tests completed is due to a backlog of completed tests being added to the numbers, MDH said.
The test positivity rate over a 7-day average, based on total number of people tested, according to Johns Hopkins University, was 8.97% as of Tuesday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,646,961 (up from 1,639,058)
- People tested: 1,205,501 (up from 1,204,193)
- Positive cases: 82,249 (up from 81,868)
- Deaths: 1,884 (up from 1,869)
- Currently hospitalized: 257 (down from 263)
- Patients in intensive care: 138 (up from 137)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 75,425 (up from 75,055)
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.