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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, September 15

Hospitalizations remain at their lowest levels since mid-April.

Five more deaths in Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health brings the state's total death count since the start of the pandemic to 1,927, including 1,400 patients who were residents of long-term care facilities. 

The newly reported fatal cases involved one patient from Hennepin County in their 50s; two people in their 70s from Beltrami and Dakota counties, respectively; a person in their 80s from Dakota County; and a Freeborn County resident in their 90s. 

Tuesday's update includes 432 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 30 of which have been removed for an official count of 402 cases. Those positives are the result of 4,502 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 8.93%.

The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (402) divided by total completed tests (9,672). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.16%.

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 8.15% as of Monday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 1,733,292 (up from 1,724,779)
  • People tested: 1,247,867 (up from 1,243,355)
  • Positive cases: 85,351 (up from 84,949)
  • Deaths: 1,927 (up from 1,922)
  • Currently hospitalized: 238 (up from 233)
  • Patients in intensive care: 131 (down from 135)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 78,953 (up from 78,238)

The state's hospitals have a maximum capacity of 2,182 ICU beds. As of Sept. 15 data from the MDH, 46.8% (1,022) are occupied (131 of the 1,022 being COVID-19 patients). 

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.

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