After the high of 101 reported Wednesday, there was a significant drop in deaths from COVID-19 recorded in Minnesota on Thursday and Friday.
The Minnesota Department of Health reported 45 deaths on Saturday, which combines the delayed figures from Thanksgiving Day and the figures from Friday.
There were also 9,022 new COVID-19 cases reported.
Of the newly reported deaths, 23 were residents of long-term care facilities, who have accounted for 2,378 (67.5%) of the 3,521 COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota.
Through Nov. 26, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 1,785 which is down from the high mark of 1,828 set in Tuesday's report. Of those hospitalized, 386 patients were in intensive care and 1,399 are receiving non-ICU treatment.
Note: Hospital totals are preliminary and are subject to adjustment in the days ahead.
Testing and positivity rates
The 9,022 positive results in Wednesday's update were from a total of 109,566 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 8.23%.
Those completed tests were from 47,874 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 18.8% today.
The World Health Organization recommended in May that a percent positive rate (total positives divided by total completed tests) 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.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's percent positive over the past seven days is 11.48%.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers
- Total tests: 4,121,906 (up from 4,012,802)
- People tested: 2,468,458 (up from 2,420,584)
- Positive cases: 304,023 (up from 295,001)
- Deaths: 3,521 – 68 of which are "probable*" (up from 3,476)
- Active cases: 46,538 (down from 50,109)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 257,485 (up from 244,982)
* 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.