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

The test positivity rates continue to soar in Minnesota.

After reporting nearly 6,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Health's update Monday includes a further 3,930 cases, though the decline is likely due to only approximately 26,000 tests conducted compared to nearly 45,000 in Sunday's report. 

There are also 19 more deaths included in Monday's report, bringing Minnesota's death toll from COVID-19 to 2,675. Of those, 1,850 were residents of long-term care facilities, including 14 of the 19 deaths reported Monday. 

Hospitalizations

The number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota increased from 1,047 on Friday to 1,084 in Monday's report, though it was as high as 1,112 on Sunday. The state does not update hospital numbers over the weekend, so we have to wait until Mondays to fill in the gaps. Of the 1,084 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 224 are in intensive care. 

Here's how the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has increased since Oct. 28.

  • Oct. 28 – 680 (hospitalized at the time of the report)
  • Oct. 29 – 694
  • Oct. 30 – 738
  • Oct. 31 – 772
  • Nov. 1 – 790
  • Nov. 2 – 780
  • Nov. 3 – 862
  • Nov. 4 – 914 (adjusted from an initial report of 908)
  • Nov. 5 – 1,007 (adjusted from an initial report of 931)
  • Nov. 6 – 1,047 (adjusted from an initial report of 1,034)
  • Nov. 7 – 1,086
  • Nov. 8 – 1,112
  • Nov. 9 – 1,084

Earlier Monday Gov. Tim Walz announced the state is working with the National Guard to open 11 new testing sites, most of them at armories located throughout the state. The goal is to increase testing and to make it free to the public so anyone can get a test at any time. The sooner someone finds out they are positive the sooner they can isolate and avoid further spread of the virus. 

Testing and positivity rates

The MDH reported 25,213 diagnostic PCR tests and an additional 791 antigen tests for a total of 26,004 completed tests.

Those tests were from 14,106 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 27.86. 

The positivity rate reported Monday when total cases is divided by total tests, is 15.11%. The World Health Organization recommended in May that a percent positive rate 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. 

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 3,147,270 (up from 3,120,995)
  • People tested: 2,017,351 (up from 2,003,245)
  • Positive cases: 180,862 (up from 180,862)
  • Deaths: 2,675 – 30 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,656)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 149,766 (up from 146,311)

* 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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