Wednesday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health reveals seven more COVID-19 deaths, including three patients from Hennepin County, two from Dakota County, and one each from Le Sueur and Stearns counties. All of the patients were aged between 60 and 90.
There have now been 1,869 deaths from COVID-19 in Minnesota, of which 1,364 have happened in long-term care facilities.
Wednesday's update includes 282 new positive tests for the coronavirus, 22 of which have been removed for an official count of 260 new cases. Those positive cases are the result of 2,323 people tested, creating a 24-hour reporting period test positivity rate of 11.19%. The lower testing totals are likely a result of the Labor Day holiday.
The positive test rate is lower from the perspective when the number of individuals producing positive tests (260) divided by total completed tests (5,373). In that case, the positivity rate is 4.84%.
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 7.62% as of Tuesday. Anything over 5% can indicate more aggressive community transmission, MDH officials say.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:
- Total tests: 1,621,174 (up from 1,616,738)
- People tested: 1,204,193 (up from 1,201,870)
- Positive cases: 81,868 (up from 81,608)
- Deaths: 1,869 (up from 1,862)
- Currently hospitalized: 263 (up from 257)
- Patients in intensive care: 137 (up from 135)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 75,055 (up from 74,235)
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.