More than 900 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four new deaths were reported in Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health.
One of the four deaths was a resident of long-term care, which have accounted for 1,488 of the Minnesota's 2,087 COVID-19 deaths since mid-March. Two of the newly reported fatal cases were patients aged in their 60s, and the two others were in their 80s.
Tuesday's update includes 954 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 13 of which have been removed, so the official count is 941 cases. Those positives are the result of 8,559 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 10.99%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (941) divided by total completed tests (14,029). In that case, the positivity rate is 6.71%.
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.
Minnesota's hospital ICU capacity remains a key data point for the pandemic. The state has a maximum capacity of 2,158 ICU patients, of which there are current 1,056 ICU beds occupied. It's unclear how many of the beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients because the health department stopped reporting current hospitalizations on Sept. 24.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 2,182,970 (up from 2,169,786)
- People tested: 1,502,736 (up from 1,494,177)
- Positive cases: 105,740 (up from 104,799)
- Deaths: 2,087 (up from 2,083)
- Hospitalized (cumulative since start of pandemic): 8,020 (up from 7,940)
- ICU admissions (cumulative): 2,212 (up from 2,189)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 95,614 (up from 94,416)
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.