Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, November 2

There are now 774 people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota.
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Nine newly reported deaths in Monday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health brings the state's total to 2,484 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Five of the newly reported deaths were residents of long-term care, whom have accounted for 1,734 of the fatal cases in Minnesota since the first death was reported in mid-March. Of the nine deaths, two people were in their 50s, from Hennepin and Clay counties, respectively. 

Meanwhile, there were 2,954 new cases of COVID-19 reported Monday, six of which were removed for an official count of 2,948. 

Testing and positivity rates

The MDH reported 36,146 diagnostic PCR tests and an additional 1,283 antigen tests for a total of 37,429 completed tests.

Those tests were from 23,046 people tested. People are often tested multiple times, so the more accurate reading for test positivity rate is based on the total number of people tested, which today's report is at 12.79%.

The positivity rate reported Monday, when total cases is divided by total tests, is 7.87%. Health experts say positivity rates need to be below the 5% mark to control the spread of the virus.

Hospitalizations

Through 4 p.m. Sunday, the cutoff time for the data published Monday by the health department, there were 195 people with COVID-19 in intensive care in Minnesota, and 579 people with the disease in non-ICU hospital care. That's a total of 774 hospitalized patients, which is up from 738 on Friday. The health department doesn't update hospital totals over the weekend, though it does report them in catch-up mode on Mondays. 

Here are the past 8 days of total COVID-19 hospitalizations.  

  • Monday – 616 people (hospitalized at the time of the report)
  • Tuesday – 658
  • Wednesday – 680
  • Thursday – 694
  • Friday – 738
  • Saturday – 772
  • Sunday – 790
  • Today – 774

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 2,905,225 (up from 2,867,411)
  • People tested: 1,892,223 (up from 1,869,177)
  • Positive cases: 153,620 (up from 150,672)
  • Deaths: 2,484 – 21 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,475)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 134,125 (up from 129,663)

* Probable deaths are patients who died after testing positive using the COVID-19 antigen test, which is thought to be less accurate than the more common PCR test.

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