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46 more dead in Minnesota's Friday COVID-19 update

More than 1,400 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Minnesota.

Forty-six more deaths and more than 5,500 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported Friday by the Minnesota Department Health as the outbreak of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus shows no signs of slowing. 

One of the 46 newly reported deaths was a person aged 20-24 from Clay County in northwestern Minnesota. That patient is just the third person under the age of 25 to die from COVID-19 in Minnesota. 

Thirty-three of the 46 newly reported deaths were residents of long-term care, which have accounted for 1,954 of the state's 2,839 COVID-19 deaths since March. 

The state has reported 382 deaths in the first 13 days of November compared to 423 in all of October.

Hospitalizations

Through Nov. 12, the number off people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,424, which marks an all-time high. Of those hospitalized, 293 patients are in intensive care and 1,131 are receiving non-ICU treatment. 

There were 580 people hospitalized with COVID-19 just 20 days ago (Oct. 24). 

Note: Hospital totals are preliminary and are subject to adjustment in the days ahead.

Testing and positivity rates

The 5,552 positive results in Friday's update were from a total of 51,241 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 10.83%.

Those completed tests were from 24,584 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 22.58% today.

The World Health Organization recommended in May that a percent positive rate (total positives divided by total completed tests) of below 5% for at least two weeks is necessary to safely reopen the economy. That 5% threshold is based on total positives divided by total tests.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's percent positive over the past seven days is 14.42%.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 3,304,436 (up from 3,253,880)
  • People tested: 20,093,262 (up from 20,068,678)
  • Positive cases: 207,339 (up from 201,795)
  • Deaths: 2,839 – 37 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,793)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 161,756 (up from 159,467)

* Probable deaths are patients who died after testing positive using the COVID-19 antigen test, which is thought to be less accurate than the more common PCR test.

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