One death was reported each in Rice and Mille Lacs counties, and four in Hennepin County. Two of the four deaths were among residents of long-term care. The death total from the illness in the state is now 1,441.
The state is both testing more residents and finding more cases, prompting health officials to increasingly point at the relatively low “case positivity rate” as evidence — barring pockets of outbreaks — that the virus remains in a manageable state in the region at this time.
The percentage of tests that have returned positive on a seven-day average in Minnesota is currently around 4%. When, last month, the state was still conserving its testing for special populations and the very sick, the case positivity rate reflected a targetted use of tests more than prevalence of the illness in the community, and was therefore a less meaningful metric.
As testing facilities state open their doors for aymptomatic people however, the case positivity rate is shedding light on the liklihood that roughly 4% to 6% of the population has the virus.
The state is estimating that the true case rate