Seven deaths are included in Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health, bringing the death toll in the state during the pandemic to 2,151. Two of the seven newly reported deaths were residents of long-term care facilities, which account for 1,524 of the fatal cases.
Five of the seven deaths reported Tuesday were aged in their 80s, while there was one person each in their 70s and 90s, respectively.
Tuesday's update includes 1,150 new cases, 15 of which have been removed for an official count is 1,135 cases. Those positives are the result of 11,109 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 10.21%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (1,135) divided by total completed tests (19,444). In that case, the positivity rate is 5.84%.
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 number of COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Minnesota is at 483, including 136 people in an ICU. There were 144 patients in an ICU in Monday's report.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 2,355,124 (up from 2,337,122)
- People tested: 1,600,861 (up from 1,589,752)
- Positive cases: 114,574 (up from 113,439)
- Deaths: 2,151 (up from 2,144)
- Hospitalized (cumulative since start of pandemic): 8,500 (up from 8,421)
- ICU admissions (cumulative): 2,328 (up from 2,311)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 102,624 (up from 101,376)
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.