Minnesota has once again easily broken the daily record for new cases of COVID-19 with the state health department on Saturday reporting 8,703 cases. That crushes the previous record of 7,228 set earlier this week.
The update includes 35 more deaths, brining the state's total since mid-March to 2,874. Of those, 1,981 were residents of long-term care facilities, including 27 of the 35 newly reported deaths. The youngest fatal cases reported Saturday are two people in their 50s, from Hennepin and Dakota counties, respectively.
The state has reported 417 deaths in the first 14 days of November compared to 423 in all of October.
Through Nov. 12, the number off people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,424, which marks an all-time high. Of those hospitalized, 293 patients are in intensive care and 1,131 are receiving non-ICU treatment.
There were 580 people hospitalized with COVID-19 just 21 days ago (Oct. 24).
Hospital numbers are not updated on weekends so the next update will be around 11 a.m. Monday.
Note: Hospital totals are preliminary and are subject to adjustment in the days ahead.
Testing and positivity rates
The 8,703 positive results in Saturday's update were from a total of 52,311 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 16.63%.
Those completed tests were from 23,371 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 37.24% 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 14.21%.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers
- Total tests: 3,356,392 (up from 3,304,436)
- People tested: 2,116,633 (up from 2,093,262)
- Positive cases: 216,028 (up from 207,339)
- Deaths: 2,874 – 38 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,839)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 167,234 (up from 161,756)
* 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.