Wednesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes 16 more deaths, the most in a 24-hour reporting period since 17 deaths were reported Aug. 19. It brings the death toll from the coronavirus to 2,036 – 1,458 of whom have been residents of long-term care, including nine of the 16 new cases.
The dead include five people aged in their 60s; three in their 70s; four in their 80s; and four in their 90s.
According to the state's COVID-19 dashboard, the maximum ICU capacity of Minnesota's hospitals is 2,158 – 1,068 of which are currently occupied (this is for all ailments, not just COVID-19). That's down from 1,071 in Tuesday's report. It's unclear how many COVID-19 patients are in the ICU right now because the MDH stopped reporting that statistic last week.
Wednesday's update includes 689 new positive tests for the coronavirus, two of which have been removed for an official count of 687 cases. Those positives are the result of 8,123 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 8.45%.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (687) divided by total completed tests (12,820). In that case, the positivity rate is 5.35%.
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.
It appears likely that Minnesota will surpass 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 either Thursday or Friday.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 2,030,167 (up from 2,017,350)
- People tested: 1,414,701 (up from 1,406,578)
- Positive cases: 99,134 (up from 98,447)
- Deaths: 2,036 (up from 2,020)
- Hospitalized (cumulative since start of pandemic): 7,701 (up from 7,633)
- ICU admissions (cumulative): 2,146 (up from 2,129)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 89,392 (up from 88,380)
There have also been 53 deaths where COVID-19 is listed by doctors as the "probable" cause, though it's not included in the official COVID-19 death toll.