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Dec. 3 COVID-19 update: 92 deaths marks Minnesota's second-highest total

The deaths continue to surge amid the worst of the pandemic so far.
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Deaths from COVID-19 continue to surge in Minnesota as the state health department on Thursday reported 92 fatal cases, marking the second-highest single-day total (101 the highest) since the beginning of the pandemic.  

There have been 206 deaths reported Monday-Thursday this week.  Last week there were 280 deaths reported Monday-Friday. 

The death toll from the virus is now at 3,784. Of those, 2,522 fatal cases involved residents of long-term care facilities, including 48 of the 92 newly reported deaths Thursday.


Through Dec. 2, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,770, which is jump from 1,704 reported the day prior. Of those hospitalized, 376 patients were in intensive care and 1,394 are receiving non-ICU treatment.

Statewide, there are 102 available staffed ICU beds. You can see the breakdown by region right here

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

Testing and positivity rates

The 6,166 positive results in Thursday's update were from a total of 50,718 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 12.15%.

Those completed tests were from 20,069 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 30.72% 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 11.05%.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 4,379,610 (up from 4,326,347)
  • People tested: 2,576,812 (up from 2,556,743)
  • Positive cases: 333,626 (up from 327,477)
  • Deaths: 3,784 – 83 of which are "probable*" (up from 3,692)
  • Active cases: 43,607 (up from 41,258)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 290,019 (up from 286,219)

* Probable deaths are patients who died after testing positive using the COVID-19

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