On the day that Gov. Tim Walz will announce tighter mitigation measures to slow the rapid spread of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health has announced a record 67 deaths to push Minnesota's death toll over the past nine months to 3,010.
Minnesota is the 24th state to surpass 3,000 deaths. Of the 67 newly reported deaths, 51 were residents of long-term care facilities, who have accounted for 68% (2,066) of the state's 3,010 fatal cases.
November is on pace to accumulate around 1,000 deaths. Through 18 days of reporting, the state has counted 553 COVID-19 deaths. There were 423 fatal cases reported in all of October.
Through Nov. 17, the number off people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,701, which marks an all-time high. Of those hospitalized, 355 patients are in intensive care and 1,351 are receiving non-ICU treatment.
There were 580 people hospitalized with COVID-19 just over three weeks ago (Oct. 24).
Note: Hospital totals are preliminary and are subject to adjustment in the days ahead.
Testing and positivity rates
The 5,102 positive results in Wednesday's update were from a total of 37,026 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 13.78%.
Those completed tests were from 16,255 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 31.39% 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 15.28%.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers
- Total tests: 3,543,671 (up from 3,506,178)
- People tested: 2,204,412 (up from 2,188,157)
- Positive cases: 242,043 (up from 236,949)
- Deaths: 3,010 – 49 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,943)
- Active cases: 48,174 (down fro 50,269)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 193,869 (up from 186,680)
* 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.