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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, October 21

The 35 deaths ties a single-day high in Minnesota since the pandemic began.

Thirty-five more people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, according to Wednesday's update from the state health department. The 35 deaths ties May 28 for the most Minnesota has had in a single 24-hour reporting period since the first death was announced March 21. 

Of the 35 dead, 25 were residents of long-term care facilities. The death toll for the duration of the pandemic is up to 2,281, the majority of whom (1,608) were people living in long-term care settings. 

There were 1,082 positive tests reported, of which 22 were removed for a total of 1,060 confirmed cases. The MDH reported 15,490 diagnostic PCR tests and an additional 473 antigen tests for a total of 15,963 completed tests.

Those tests were from 8,236 people tested. As if often the case, patients are tested multiple times, so the more accurate reading for test positivity rate is based on the total number of people tested, which today is 12.87%.

The positivity rate for Wednesday when total cases is divided by total tests is 6.64%. Health experts say positivity rates need to be below the 5% mark to control the spread of the virus.

As of Oct. 20, there were 160 COVID-19 patients in an ICU in Minnesota, in addition to another 428 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in a non-ICU bed. That totals 588 COVID-19 hospitalizations, which is the highest total Minnesota has had since the first peak in May and early June. Overall, the state's total number of available ICU beds (1,910) are 57% filled (1,091 patients, of which 160 have COVID-19).

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 2,560,520 (up from 2,543,648)
  • People tested: 1,708,185 (up from 1,699,949)
  • Positive cases: 126,591 (up from 125,531)
  • Deaths: 2,281 – 12 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,246)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 113,158 (up from 111,634)

* Probable deaths are patients who died after testing positive using the COVID-19 antigen test, which is thought to be less accurate than the more common PCR test.

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