Dec. 7 COVID-19 update: Minnesota is 22nd state to reach 4,000 deaths

The death toll is now 4,005.
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Minnesota has surpassed 4,000 deaths from COVID-19 after the state reported 21 fatal cases on Monday. That brings the death toll since the start of the pandemic to 4,005. Minnesota is the 22nd state to reach 4,000 deaths. 

The state has reported 412 deaths through the first seven days of December after reporting 1,140 fatal cases in November, which is far and away the deadliest month in Minnesota so far. 

Monday's update included eight more fatal cases of residents of long-term care facilities, which have accounted for 2,645 of the 4,005 total deaths.

Hospitalizations

Through Dec. 6, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,567, which is more than 200 fewer than there were in last Thursday's report (1,770). Of those hospitalized, 362 patients were in intensive care and 1,205 are receiving non-ICU treatment.

Here's how many people with COVID-19 were in intensive care by region, through Dec. 6:

  • Metro: 225
  • Central: 41
  • Northeast: 33
  • Southeast: 25
  • Northwest: 11
  • South Central: 9
  • West Central: 1
  • Southwest: 17

Statewide, there were 141 available staffed ICU beds through Dec. 6. That's 35 more than there were in last Friday's report. You can see the breakdown by region right here/below.

  • Metro: 47
  • Central: 21
  • Northeast: 13
  • Southeast: 22
  • Northwest: 12
  • South Central: 6
  • West Central: 14
  • Southwest: 6

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

Testing and positivity rates

The 5,296 positive results in Monday's update were from a total of 63,573 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 8.33% – the second day in a row below 9%. 

Those completed tests were from 25,583 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 20.70% 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 12.03%.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 4,623,492 (up from 4,559,825)
  • People tested: 2,669,121 (up from 2,643,538)
  • Positive cases: 356,152 (up from 350,862)
  • Deaths: 4,005 – 92 of which are "probable*" (up from 3,984)
  • Active cases: 42,014 (down from 42,644)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 314,138 (up from 308,218)

* 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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