Dec. 9 COVID-19 update: Minnesota reports 82 more deaths

The good news is that hospitalizations dropped again.
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After two days of lower death totals, Minnesota is reporting 82 new fatal cases of COVID-19 and more than 4,500 new cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Wednesday's status report. 

The 82 deaths brings the number of fatal COVID-19 cases in Minnesota during the pandemic to 4,109. Fifty-one of the 82 deaths were residents of long-term care facilities, which have accounted for 2,711 of the 4,109 total deaths.

The state has reported 516 deaths through the first nine days of December after reporting 1,140 fatal cases in November, which is far and away the deadliest month in Minnesota so far.

Hospitalizations

Through Dec. 8, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,545, which is 59 fewer than Tuesday's report and lower than the high point of 1,848 on Nov. 30. 

Of those hospitalized, 358 patients were in intensive care and 1,187 are receiving non-ICU treatment. It's the fewest number of COVID-19 patients in general hospital care since Nov. 14. 

Here's how many people with COVID-19 were in intensive care by region, through Dec. 8:

  • Metro: 230 (no change from the day before)
  • Central: 42 (down from 44)
  • Northeast: 30 (down from 34)
  • Southeast: 30 (up from 28)
  • Northwest: 14 (up from 13)
  • South Central: 6 (down from 7)
  • West Central: 1 (up from 0)
  • Southwest: 5 (up from 3)

Statewide, there were 122 (down from 124 the day before) available staffed ICU beds through Dec. 8. 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: 40
  • Central: 21
  • Northeast: 10
  • Southeast: 19
  • Northwest: 12
  • South Central: 10
  • West Central: 13
  • Southwest: 6

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

Testing and positivity rates

The 4,539 positive results in Wednesday's update were from a total of 39,591 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 11.46%. 

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 10.88%.

The 39,591 completed tests were from 15,794 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 28.74% today.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 4,690,213 (up from 4,650,726)
  • People tested: 2,695,015 (up from 2,679,221)
  • Positive cases: 363,719 (up from 359,203)
  • Deaths: 4,109 – 98 of which are "probable*" (up from 4,027)
  • Active cases: 43,486 (down from 44,246)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 320,233 (up from 314,957)

* 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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