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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, September 2

The test positivity rates in daily update are lower than they have been in recent days.

Seven more people have died from the coronavirus in Minnesota while a further 700-plus patients have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the newest figures released Wednesday by the Department of Health (MDH). 

Of Minnesota's 1,830 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, 1,345 have been residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities, per MDH data. The newly reported deaths Wednesday include: 

  • Dakota County (1), age 60-64
  • Hennepin County (2), ages 65-69, 85-89
  • Kanabec County (1), age 85-89
  • Martin County, age 80-84
  • Ramsey County, age 80-84
  • St. Louis County, age 80-84

Wednesday's update includes 761 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 31 of which have been removed for an official count of 730 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 17,922 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 4.07%.

The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (730) divided by total completed tests (27,487). In that case, the positivity rate is 2.65%.

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 9.35% as of Tuesday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 1,525,555 (up from 1,498,919)
  • People tested: 1,150,854 (up from 1,132,932)
  • Positive cases: 77,085 (up from 76,355)
  • Deaths: 1,830 (up from 1,823)
  • Currently hospitalized: 297 (up from 294)
  • Patients in intensive care: 135 (down from 136)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 69,521 (up from 68,488)

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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