Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, September 23

Hospital numbers are increasing this week.
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Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll had six added to it in Wednesday's report from the state health department, bringing the total to 1,985 since the pandemic first began impacting Minnesota in March. 

The six new deaths include three people from Hennepin County, two from St. Louis County and one person from Itasca County. Three of the six were residents of long-term care, which account for 1,433 of the 1,985 fatal cases. 

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients spiked from 255 in Monday's report to 290 Tuesday and now 304 Wednesday, including 148 patients in the ICU. 

Wednesday's update includes 690 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 12 of which have been removed for an official count of 680 cases. Those positives are the result of 6,518 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 10.43%.

The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (680) divided by total completed tests (10,319). In that case, the positivity rate is 6.59%.

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: 1,873,867 (up from 1,863,694)
  • People tested: 1,323,951 (up from 1,317,433)
  • Positive cases: 92,100 (up from 91,422)
  • Deaths: 1,985 (up from 1,979)
  • Currently hospitalized: 303 (up from 290)
  • Patients in intensive care: 148 (up from 136)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 83,507 (up from 82,833)

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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