Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Sunday, November 1

Eighteen more deaths and 2,200 new cases.
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Eighteen newly reported deaths in Sunday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health brings the state's total to 2,475 since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Thirteen of the newly reported deaths were residents of long-term care, whom have accounted for 1,729 of the fatal cases in Minnesota since the first death was reported in mid-March.

Meanwhile, there were 2,217 new cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday, 17 of which were removed for an official count of 2,200. It snaps a two-day streak of record-setting daily case counts, which exceeded 3,000 on Friday and Saturday. 

The MDH reported 26,539 diagnostic PCR tests and an additional 985 antigen tests for a total of 27,524 completed tests.

Those tests were from 15,560 people tested. Patients 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 is 14.13%.

The positivity rate reported Sunday, when total cases is divided by total tests, is 7.99%. Health experts say positivity rates need to be below the 5% mark to control the spread of the virus.

Here's a look at how total COVID-19 hospitalizations increased this past week, Monday-Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health does not update hospital totals on weekends, so the next update will come Monday.

  • Monday – 616 people (hospitalized at the time of the report)
  • Tuesday – 658
  • Wednesday – 680
  • Thursday – 694
  • Friday – 738

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers:

  • Total tests: 2,867,411 (up from 2,839,304)
  • People tested: 1,869,177 (up from 1,853,617)
  • Positive cases: 150,672 (up from 148,472)
  • Deaths: 2,475 – 20 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,457)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 129,663 (up from 127,362)

* 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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