Dec. 8 COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations tick up, testing and positive results down

Testing was down in the latest report, thus fewer positive results.
Publish date:

Twenty-two more deaths brings the number of fatal COVID-19 cases in Minnesota during the pandemic to 4,027, according to Tuesday's situation report from the state health department. 

The state has reported 434 deaths through the first eight days of December after reporting 1,140 fatal cases in November, which is far and away the deadliest month in Minnesota so far.

Tuesday's update included 15 more fatal cases of residents of long-term care facilities, which have accounted for 2,660 of the 4,027 total deaths.


Through Dec. 7, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,604, which is up 20 from Monday's report but still lower than the high point of more than 1,848 on Nov. 30. Of those hospitalized, 359 patients were in intensive care and 1,245 are receiving non-ICU treatment.

Here's how many people with COVID-19 were in intensive care by region, through Dec. 7:

  • Metro: 230 (up from 225 the day before)
  • Central: 44 (up from 41)
  • Northeast: 34 (up from 33)
  • Southeast: 28 (up from 25)
  • Northwest: 13 (up from 11)
  • South Central: 7 (down from 9)
  • West Central: 0 (down from 1)
  • Southwest: 3 (level)

Statewide, there were 124 (down from 141 the day before) available staffed ICU beds through Dec. 7. 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: 37
  • Central: 16
  • Northeast: 14
  • Southeast: 21
  • Northwest: 12
  • South Central: 7
  • West Central: 11
  • Southwest: 6

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

Testing and positivity rates

The 3,080 positive results in Tuesday's update were from a total of 27,432 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 11.22%, which snaps a two-day streak with a positivity rate below 9%. 

Similarly low testing volume and positive results were reported last Tuesday before numbers rose the rest of the week. 

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 11.07%.

The 27,432 completed tests were from 10,100 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 30.5% today.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 4,650,726 (up from 4,623,492)
  • People tested: 2,679,221 (up from 2,669,121)
  • Positive cases: 359,203 (up from 356,152)
  • Deaths: 4,027 – 94 of which are "probable*" (up from 4,005)
  • Active cases: 44,246 (up from 42,014)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 314,957 (up from 314,138)

* 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.

Next Up


St. Cloud State blanked by UMass in national championship game

Minnesota had three teams in the Frozen Four but didn't claim the national title.

BLM mural in West St. Paul.

Minnesotan's fight to save his BLM mural gets international coverage

West St. Paul told Ryan Weyandt the art violates city code.

Alex Rodriguez

Reports: Alex Rodriguez part of group finalizing deal to buy Wolves, Lynx

The former MLB will become part-owner of the Wolves and Lynx.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Accumulating snow expected in parts of Minnesota on Monday

Far northwestern Minnesota stands the best chance for higher snow totals.

Screen Shot 2021-04-10 at 1.53.51 PM

Police looking for 'person of interest' in connection to woman's killing

The public is advised to avoid approaching him and to call 911.

covid, vaccine

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, April 10

Cases and hospitalizations have been on the rise in Minnesota.

Gabe Kalscheur

Gabe Kalscheur announces he's transferring to Iowa State

The former Gopher guard entered the transfer portal last month.


Asked about restrictions, Walz says Minnesota is in a 'hold pattern'

Meanwhile, the governor of Michigan is urging people to stay home to slow the spread.

walz and zapko

Watch: Beloved MN sign language interpreter profiled on Today Show

Nic Zapka's work made her an internet celebrity last year.

White Bear Lake Area High School

White Bear Lake students hold walkout over racist social media comments

School officials are investigating the anonymous Instagram account.


covid-19, coronavirus, ppe

Dec. 11 COVID-19 update: 94 deaths, declining hospitalizations

It's the third straight day with at least 80 deaths.


Dec. 4 COVID-19 update: 61 deaths, hospitalizations drop day-over-day

The update includes new data on cases, deaths, positivity rates and hospitalizations.

covid-19, coronavirus

Dec. 2 COVID-19 update: 77 more deaths in Minnesota

The death toll is closing in on 3,700 in Minnesota.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

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

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

covid-19, coronavirus, ppe

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, November 9

The test positivity rates continue to soar in Minnesota.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, November 3

There are now 862 people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota.

coronavirus, COVID-19

Nov. 17 COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations nearing 1,700 in MN

Nearly 1,700 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Minnesota.