Dec. 12 COVID-19 update: 67 new deaths, more than 4,000 cases

The latest data from MDH has been released.
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Minnesota's Saturday COVID-19 update includes 67 more deaths, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

The latest deaths include a person aged 40-44 in Mille Lacs County. Thirty-seven of the 67 deaths occurred in long-term care facilities, while one happened in a jail or prison.

The 67 newly reported deaths brings the number of fatal COVID-19 cases in Minnesota during the pandemic to 4,359. Long-term care deaths account for 2,856 (65.5%) of the total. 

The state has reported 766 deaths through the first 12 days of December after reporting 1,140 fatal cases in November, which was far and away the deadliest month in Minnesota so far.

Hospitalizations

Hospitalization numbers are not updated at weekends.

Through Dec. 10, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,461, which is the lowest its been all week and lower than the high point of 1,848 on Nov. 30.

Of those hospitalized, 343 patients were in intensive care and 1,118 are receiving non-ICU treatment.

Here's how many people with COVID-19 were in intensive care by region, through Dec. 10:

  • Metro: 208 (down from 222 the day before)
  • Central: 47 (up from 44)
  • Northeast: 35 (level from 35)
  • Southeast: 27 (down from 29)
  • Northwest: 13 (up from 12)
  • South Central: 7 (up from 4)
  • West Central: 2 (level from 2)
  • Southwest: 4 (down from 5)

Statewide, there were 107 (up from 100 the day before) available staffed ICU beds through Dec. 10. 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: 43
  • Central: 17
  • Northeast: 7
  • Southeast: 18
  • Northwest: 5
  • South Central: 5
  • West Central: 7
  • Southwest: 5

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

Testing and positivity rates

The 4,430 positive results in Saturday's update were from a total of 50,366 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 8.79%, the third consecutive day that the rate is below 10%, but higher than the 6.45% reported Friday.

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 9.91%.

The 50,366 completed tests were from 17,394 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 25.46% today.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests:  4,840,190 (up from 4,789,829)
  • People tested:  2,743,864 (up from 2,726,470)
  • Positive cases:  375,398 (up from 370,968)
  • Deaths: 4,359 – 108 of which are "probable*" (up from 4,292)
  • Active cases: 40,140 (down from 43,459)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 335,258 (up from 327,509)

* 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.

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