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Dec. 14 COVID-19 update: 2 weeks of declining hospitalizations

Hospitalizations are dropping since reaching a high point Nov. 30.

Monday's COVID-19 report from the Minnesota Department of Health includes just over 3,000 new cases, 18 deaths and the continued decline of coronavirus patients in hospitals around the state. 

The 18 newly reported deaths brings the number of fatal COVID-19 cases in Minnesota during the pandemic to 4,462. Long-term care deaths account for 2,917 (65.4%) of the total, including 11 of the 18 reported Monday. 

The state has reported 869 deaths through the first 14 days of December after reporting 1,140 fatal cases in November, which was far and away the deadliest month in Minnesota so far.

Hospitalizations – declining since Nov. 30

Through Dec. 13, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,283. The numbers have been dropping since reaching a high mark of 1,848 on Nov. 30. Of those hospitalized, 319 patients are in intensive care and 964 are receiving non-ICU treatment.

Here's how many people with COVID-19 were in intensive care by region, through Dec. 13:

  • Metro: 203 
  • Central: 48
  • Northeast: 28
  • Southeast: 24
  • Northwest: 8
  • South Central: 6
  • West Central: 1
  • Southwest: 1

Statewide, there were 142 available staffed ICU beds through Dec. 13. 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: 55
  • Central: 25
  • Northeast: 14
  • Southeast: 22
  • Northwest: 6
  • South Central: 7
  • West Central: 7
  • Southwest: 6

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

Testing and positivity rates

The 3,026 positive results in Monday's update were from a total of 45,341 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 6.67%, the fifth consecutive day that the rate is below 10%.

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 9.23%.

The 45,341 completed tests were from 15,576 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 19.43% today.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 4,933,794 (up from 4,888,424)
  • People tested: 2,774,930 (up from 2,759,354)
  • Positive cases: 381,841 (up from 378,823)
  • Deaths: 4,462 – 112 of which are "probable*" (up from 4,444)
  • Active cases: 34,764 (down from 37,293)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 347,077 (up from 341,530)

* 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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