Statement on COVID-19 data for August 27

MDH issued this statement today to provide additional context and detail regarding the COVID-19 case data reported online this morning.

The COVID-19 data posted today show 1,158 reported new cases and 21,144 reported test results. These higher counts are partially due to a backlog of data belatedly reported by a Minnesota provider and lab, Valley Medical, which has had an inconsistent record of reporting results to the state despite the requirements of the communicable disease reporting rule.

 

After MDH followed up with Valley Medical, the company provided almost 19,000 test results to MDH as required. We have started to process the data, and today’s new cases include a batch of 265 positive cases from that provider. These cases from Valley Medical have specimen dates from the past two weeks. Today’s data set also includes 4,658 tests from Valley Medical. The remaining 14,000 test results still need to be processed by our team and will be included in case counts and testing numbers into early next week.

 

While we appreciate that Valley Medical provided the information upon follow-up, this episode shows the importance of laboratories and providers understanding and consistently complying with disease reporting requirements that are not new. These requirements have been in place for many diseases like measles and mumps for years, and have been in place for COVID-19 for months. This belated reporting will affect our daily reports for the next few days. More concerning, delayed reporting also means that 265 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were not contacted by health officials in a timely manner. This creates multiple problems – not only does it mean the person tested is unaware of their infection and the need to self-isolate to protect family, friends and close contacts, but it also delays our case investigation work and makes it harder to slow the spread of this disease. We encourage all providers and laboratories across the state to be diligent and timely in their reporting.

 

Daily Update:

Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths.

72,390
Total positive cases (cumulative)
1,158
Newly reported cases
13
Newly reported deaths
County Number of newly reported cases
Aitkin 1
Anoka 56
Becker 4
Beltrami 6
Benton 16
Blue Earth 29
Carlton 3
Carver 27
Cass 1
Chippewa 1
Chisago 7
Clay 14
Cottonwood 1
Crow Wing 3
Dakota 157
Dodge 3
Douglas 4
Faribault 3
Freeborn 4
Goodhue 6
Hennepin 258
Houston 3
Hubbard 1
Isanti 1
Itasca 8
Jackson 2
Kandiyohi 18
Lake 1
Le Sueur 13
Lincoln 1
Lyon 7
Martin 1
McLeod 4
Meeker 4
Mille Lacs 3
Morrison 2
Mower 3
Murray 1
Nicollet 9
Nobles 14
Olmsted 11
Otter Tail 6
Pennington 3
Pine 3
Pipestone 4
Polk 3
Pope 1
Ramsey 82
Redwood 6
Renville 5
Rice 8
Rock 2
Scott 24
Sherburne 21
Sibley 2
St. Louis 18
Stearns 46
Steele 6
Stevens 4
Todd 1
Wabasha 2
Wadena 1
Waseca 14
Washington 108
Watonwan 5
Wilkin 3
Winona 37
Wright 12
Yellow Medicine 5
Unknown/missing 15
  • Cases removed*: 4

* Cases are removed for many reasons including residence in another state, duplication of cases, and false positive reports.

Testing

Total approximate number of completed tests: 1,427,347

  • Total approximate number of people tested: 1,093,490

Graph of Laboratory testing for COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2), data in table below.

Testing data table

More about testing data

Minnesota Case Overview

  • Total positive cases: 72,390
    • Number of health care workers: 8,007

Graph of confirmed cases of COVID-19 by specimen collection date, data in table below.

Positive cases by date specimen collected data table

More about positive cases

Patients no longer needing isolation

  • Patients no longer needing isolation: 64,876

Deaths

  • Deaths: 1,806
    • Deaths among cases that resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities: 1,331
  • Probable COVID-19 Deaths*: 49
    * COVID-19 listed on death certificate but a positive test not documented for the person.

Deaths of confirmed cases in Minnesota, data in table below

Deaths data table

Hospitalization

Total cases hospitalized: 6,326

  • Hospitalized as of today*: 305
    • Hospitalized in ICU as of today*: 139
      * See “More about hospitalizations” for notes.