Minnesota's Thursday COVID-19 update includes 89 more deaths, including two people aged in their 20s, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
The young victims were from Ramsey and Rice counties, respectively. The person from Rice County was aged 20-24 while the person in Ramsey County was aged 25-29. It's unclear if either person had underlying health conditions. Their deaths mark the ninth and 10th fatal cases involving Minnesotans in their 20s.
The 89 newly reported deaths brings the number of fatal COVID-19 cases in Minnesota during the pandemic to 4,198. Fifty-six of the 89 deaths were residents of long-term care facilities, which have accounted for 2,767 of the fatalities.
The state has reported 605 deaths through the first 10 days of December after reporting 1,140 fatal cases in November, which is far and away the deadliest month in Minnesota so far.
Through Dec. 9, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,542, which is three fewer than Wednesday's report and lower than the high point of 1,848 on Nov. 30.
Of those hospitalized, 352 patients were in intensive care and 1,190 are receiving non-ICU treatment.
Here's how many people with COVID-19 were in intensive care by region, through Dec. 9:
- Metro: 222 (down from 230 the day before)
- Central: 44 (up from 42)
- Northeast: 35 (up from 30)
- Southeast: 29 (down from 30)
- Northwest: 12 (down from 14)
- South Central: 4 (down from 6)
- West Central: 2 (up from 1)
- Southwest: 4 (down from 5)
Statewide, there were 100 (down from 122 the day before) available staffed ICU beds through Dec. 9. These numbers are directly impacted by both the number of patients in ICU (for all health reasons, not just COVID-19) and the number of available staff. You can see the breakdown by region right here/below.
- Metro: 39
- Central: 15
- Northeast: 6
- Southeast: 15
- Northwest: 6
- South Central: 5
- West Central: 8
- Southwest: 6
Note: Hospital totals are preliminary and are subject to adjustment in the days ahead.
Testing and positivity rates
The 3,523 positive results in Thursday's update were from a total of 41,499 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 8.49%.
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 10.81%.
The 41,499 completed tests were from 13,416 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 26.26% today.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers
- Total tests: 4,731,719 (up from 4,690,213)
- People tested: 2,708,431 (up from 2,695,015)
- Positive cases: 367,218 (up from 363,719)
- Deaths: 4,198 – 102 of which are "probable*" (up from 4,109)
- Active cases: 42,914 (down from 43,486)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 324,304 (up from 320,233)
* Probable deaths are patients who died after testing positive using the COVID-19 antigen test, which is not as accurate as the more common PCR test.