Friday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes record numbers for deaths and cases reported in a single day.
There were 5,454 new cases of COVID-19 reported Thursday, shattering the record of 3,946 set just one day ago. Of the new cases, 12 were removed for an official count of 5,442.
Of the 36 more deaths, 23 were residents of long-term care facilities. Long-term care deaths have accounted for 1,800 of the state's 2,591 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. It should also be noted that two people in their 40s, from Anoka and Dakota counties, respectively, were part of the new deaths reported Friday.
The previous record for deaths reported in a single day was 35, reached May 28 and Oct. 21.
Through 4 p.m. Thursday, the cutoff time for the data published Friday by the health department, there were 224 people with COVID-19 in intensive care in Minnesota and 814 people with the disease in non-ICU hospital care.
That's a total of __ ( hospitalized patients. Here's how the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has increased since Oct. 27.
- Oct. 27 – 658 people (hospitalized at the time of the report)
- Oct. 28 – 680
- 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 – 1,038
The state's response and preparation dashboard also shows that the state is using 20 beds from the ICU surge capacity.
On Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz requested federal assistance to help with the pressure on the state's hospital system, with staffing shortages meaning many hospitals and ICU suites are nearing capacity.
Testing and positivity rates
The MDH reported 44,749 diagnostic PCR tests and an additional 1,020 antigen tests for a total of 45,769 completed tests.
Those tests were from 22,212 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 24.55%.
The positivity rate reported Friday, when total cases is divided by total tests, is 11.91%. Health experts say positivity rates need to be below the 5% mark to control the spread of the virus.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers
- Total tests: 3,029,108 (up from 2,984,331)
- People tested: 1,962,772 (up from 1,940,560)
- Positive cases: 170,307 (up from 164,865)
- Deaths: 2,591, 25of which are "probable*" (up from 2,555)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 139,190 (up from 137,824)
* 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.