Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, November 4

There are now more than 900 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Minnesota.
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Another new daily record for number of new COVID-19 cases was set in Wednesday's report from the Minnesota Department of Health as more than 3,800 people have tested positive. 

There were 3,844 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday, 17 of which were removed for an official count of 3,827.

The update includes 31 more deaths, 19 of whom were residents of long-term care facilities. Long-term care deaths have accounted for 1,760 of the state's 2,530 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Of the new deaths reported, one person from Hennepin County was in their 30s (35-39). So far, just 25 people under the age of 40 have died from COVID-19 in Minnesota. 

Testing and positivity rates

The MDH reported 30,831 diagnostic PCR tests and an additional 1,944 antigen tests for a total of 32,775 completed tests.

Those tests were from 20,382 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 18.7%. It was 49.6% in Tuesday's update.

The positivity rate reported Wednesday, when total cases is divided by total tests, is 11.67% (it was 29.68% Tuesday). Health experts say positivity rates need to be below the 5% mark to control the spread of the virus.

Hospitalizations

Through 4 p.m. Tuesday, the cutoff time for the data published Wednesday by the health department, there were 203 people with COVID-19 in intensive care in Minnesota, and 705 people with the disease in non-ICU hospital care. 

That's a total of 908 hospitalized patients. Here's how the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has increased since Oct. 26.

  • Oct. 26 – 616 people (hospitalized at the time of the report)
  • Oct. 27 – 658
  • Oct. 28 – 680
  • Oct. 29 – 694
  • Oct. 30 – 738
  • Oct. 31 – 772
  • Nov. 1 – 790
  • Nov. 2 – 780
  • Nov. 3 – 862
  • Nov. 4 – 908

Overall, the state's hospital capacity is not being overwhelmed statewide at the moment. According to the state's response and preparation dashboard, there is a maximum total of 1,909 ICU beds, of which 1,074 are currently occupied.

There remain more than 3,100 of 9,676 non-ICU beds available.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 2,949,591 (up from 2,916,431)
  • People tested: 1,919,612 (up from 1,899,230)
  • Positive cases: 160,923 (up from 157,096)
  • Deaths: 2,530 – 25 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,499)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 136,457 (up from 134,227)

* 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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