Eight more deaths have been recorded in Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll, according to updated information released Tuesday by the state health department.
The eight newly reported patients to die from the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 are from eight different counties:
- Anoka County (70-74 years old)
- Becker County (75-79 years old)
- Hennepin County (65-69 years old)
- Nobles County (60-64 years old)
- Ramsey County (80-84 years old)
- Sherburne County (85-89 years old)
- St. Louis County (70-74 years old)
- Watonwan County (80-84 years old)
Six of the eight victims were from private residences, with the other two being from long-term care or assisted-living facilities. Of Minnesota's 1,779 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, 1,315 patients were from congregate care settings.
The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 increased from 310 Monday to 312 Tuesday, with the ICU total moving up from 135 to 137.
Tuesday's update includes 414 new positive tests for the coronavirus, five of which have been removed for an official count of 409 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 4,716 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 8.67%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (409) divided by total completed tests (8,858). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.62%.
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 6.76% as of Monday.
"If you go above 5% it indicates that you may be heading back into a phase of more rapid spread of the disease," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,394,986 (up from 1,386,513)
- People tested: 1,072,526 (up from 1,067,810)
- Positive cases: 70,707 (up from 70,298)
- Deaths: 1,779 (up from 1,771)
- Currently hospitalized: 312 (up from 310)
- Patients in intensive care: 137 (up from 135)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 63,725 (up from 63,059)
There have also been 46 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.
Note from the MDH: "Starting 8/22, a few hospitals are not reporting hospitalized or ICU status on Saturdays or Sundays. The weekend numbers for current hospitalization and ICU status will include numbers from Friday for these hospitals and are considered estimates of current hospitalizations."