Six more deaths are included in Tuesday's daily COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), bringing the state's total during the pandemic to 1,823.
Of the six newly reported fatal cases, four patients were aged in their 60s, one person was aged in their 70s and one individual was in their 90s. Five of the six were from private residents. Of the 1,823 deaths, 1,340 have been residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities, per MDH data.
Tuesday"s update includes 502 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 11 of which have been removed for an official count of 491 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 4,909 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 10.0%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (491) divided by total completed tests (9,158). In that case, the positivity rate is 5,36%.
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 9.24% as of Sunday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.
Hospitalized COVID-19 patients is down from 306 Monday to 294 Tuesday, though the number of patients in the ICU is up day-over-day from 131 to 136.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,498,919 (up from 1,489,726)
- People tested: 1,132,932 (up from 1,128,023)
- Positive cases: 76,355 (up from 75,864)
- Deaths: 1,823 (up from 1,817)
- Currently hospitalized: 294 (down from 306)
- Patients in intensive care: 136 (up from 131)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 68,488 (up from 67,656)
There have also been 49 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.