Fifty-six more people have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota, according to Wednesday's update from the Minnesota Department of Health. It's a single-day high since the start of the pandemic, and by a wide margin. The previous high was 36.
The COVID-19 update also includes 4,900 more cases and the continued increase of people hospitalized with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The 56 fatal cases brings Minnesota's death toll from COVID-19 to 2,754. Of those, 1,898 were residents of long-term care facilities, including 38 of the 56 deaths reported Wednesday.
The number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is now at 1,299. That's a new record, and includes 282 patients in intensive care (up from 249 yesterday) and 1,017 people in non-ICU care.
The number of patients hospitalized in Minnesota with COVID-19 has nearly doubled in the last 14 days. All data is preliminary, thus the adjustments that are recognized below.
- Oct. 28 – 680 (hospitalized at the time of the report)
- Oct. 29 – 694
- Oct. 30 – 738
- Oct. 31 – 772
- Nov. 1 – 790
- Nov. 2 – 780
- Nov. 3 – 862
- Nov. 4 – 914
- Nov. 5 – 1,007
- Nov. 6 – 1,047
- Nov. 7 – 1,086
- Nov. 8 – 1,132
- Nov. 9 – 1,170
- Nov. 10 – 1,220
- Nov. 11 – 1,299
Note: Hospital totals are preliminary and are subject to adjustment in the days ahead.
On Tuesday, the state updated the situation Minnesota hospitals are facing as more more people are admitted. ICU capacity in the eastern regions of the state are under pressure.
Testing and positivity rates
The 4,900 positive results were from a total of 24,677 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 19.85%.
Those completed tests were from 11,338 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 43.21%.
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 13.5%.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers
- Total tests: 3,194,842 (up from 3,179,872)
- People tested: 20,043,656 (up from 2,032,318)
- Positive cases: 194,570 (up from 189,681)
- Deaths: 2,754 – 30 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,698)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 157,164 (up from 153,347)
* 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.