Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes 4,906 more cases, 23 deaths and the continued increase of people hospitalized with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The 23 fatal cases brings Minnesota's death toll from COVID-19 to 2,698. Of those, 1,860 were residents of long-term care facilities, including nine of the 23 deaths reported Tuesday.
The number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is now at 1,224. That's a new record, and includes 249 patients in intensive care and 975 people in non-ICU care.
The number of patients hospitalized in Minnesota with COVID-19 has nearly doubled in the last 14 days. All data is preliminary, thus the adjustments that are recognized below.
- 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 – 1,090 (adjusted from an initial report of 1,086
- Nov. 8 – 1,100 (adjusted from an initial report of 1,112)
- Nov. 9 – 1,188 (adjusted from an initial report of 1,084)
- Nov. 10 – 1,224
On 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 33,981 diagnostic PCR tests and 63 antigen tests for a total of 34,044 completed tests. Those tests were from 14,967 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 in today's report is at 32.78%.
The positivity rate reported Tuesday when total cases is divided by total tests, is 14.41%. 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: 3,179,872 (up from 3,147,270)
- People tested: 2,032,318 (up from 2,017,351)
- Positive cases: 189,681 (up from 184,788)
- Deaths: 2,698 – 30 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,675)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 153,347 (up from 149,766)
* 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.