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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, September 22

All data is as of 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, according to the state health department.

Nine of the 10 newly reported deaths in Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the state health department are from greater Minnesota. Five of the 10 were residents of long-term care facilities, meaning 1,430 of the state's 1,979 coronavirus deaths since March have been residents of long-term care. 

The 10 newly reported deaths: 

  • Hennepin County: 1 death, age 85-89
  • Hubbard County: 1 death, age 75-79
  • Lac qui Parle County: 1 death, age 55-59
  • Martin County: 1 death, age 75-79
  • Pipestone County: 1 death, age 95-99
  • Red Lake County: 1 death, age 80-84
  • Redwood County: 1 death, age 95-99
  • St. Louis County: 2 deaths, ages 95-99
  • Stearns County: 1 death, age 85-89

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients spiked from 255 in Monday's report to 290 in Tuesday's report, including an increase of ICU patients from 128 to 136. The state's hospitals are still, however, at less than 50% capacity for ICU beds (1,029 of 2,158 ICU beds occupied). 

Tuesday's update includes 513 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 33 of which have been removed for an official count of 480 cases. Those positives are the result of 4,496 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 10.68%.

The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (480) divided by total completed tests (9,415). In that case, the positivity rate is 5.10%.

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.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 1,863,694 (up from 1,855,308)
  • People tested: 1,317,433 (up from 1,312,937)
  • Positive cases: 91,422 (up from 90,942)
  • Deaths: 1,979 (up from 1,969)
  • Currently hospitalized: 290 (up from 255)
  • Patients in intensive care: 136 (up from 128)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 82,833 (up from 82,174)

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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