Minnesota health officials reported the results of 22,015 coronavirus tests Monday, surpassing more than 2 million patient samples that have been screened since local testing began in March.
The results included 936 new laboratory-confirmed coronavirus infections and seven more Minnesota fatalities. The state has now recorded 97,638 cases and 2,015 deaths since the outbreak began.
Many people have been tested more than once and Minnesota has tested almost 1.4 million residents since March. The state population is roughly 5.6 million.
The state’s cumulative test positivity rate is almost 4.9 percent. Its weekly positivity rate is slightly lower at 4.6 percent.
Health officials say a positivity rate more than 5 percent is a troubling sign the state’s outbreak is growing too rapidly.
In the past week, 295 patients have been admitted to the hospital and 92 have needed intensive care. Since the outbreak began 7,546 patients have been hospitalized with 2,111 in critical condition.
There are 87,330 patients who have recovered enough they no longer need to be isolated.
This story is developing and will be updated.