Seven more deaths in Wednesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health brings the state's total death count since the start of the pandemic to 1,933, including 1,402 patients who were residents of long-term care facilities.
The newly reported deaths includes:
- 1 person age 55-59 from Anoka County
- 2 people, ages 65-69 and 80-84, in Hennepin County
- 1 person age 85-89 from Nobles County
- 2 people, ages 60-64 and 100+, from Ramsey County
- 1 person age 65-69 from Winona County
Three of the seven fatal cases included residents of long-term care facilities.
Wednesday's update includes 513 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 51 of which have been removed for an official count of 462 cases. Those positives are the result of 4,525 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 10.21%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (462) divided by total completed tests (9,910). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.66%.
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 8.14% as of Tuesday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,743,611 (up from 1,733,292)
- People tested: 1,252,392 (up from 1,247,867)
- Positive cases: 85,813 (up from 85,351)
- Deaths: 1,933 (up from 1,927)
- Currently hospitalized: 244 (up from 238)
- Patients in intensive care: 136 (up from 131)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 79,583 (up from 78,953)
The state's hospitals have a maximum capacity of 2,182 ICU beds. As of Sept. 16 data from the MDH, 47.9% (1,046) are occupied (136 of the 1,046 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.
*Note: 1 previously reported death has been removed for what what the MDH referred to as "data scrubbing."