Nov. 16 COVID-19 update: MN tops 7,000 cases 3rd straight day

Minnesota has reported more than 35,000 new cases since last Thursday.
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For the third straight day and the fourth in the last five days the Minnesota Department of Health is reporting more than 7,000 new cases of COVID-19. Monday's update shows 7,444 cases. There were 7,559 cases reported Sunday and a record 8,703 in Saturday's update. 

Monday's data update includes 12 more deaths, bringing the state's total since mid-March to 2,917. Of those, 2,003 were residents of long-term care facilities, including four of the 12 newly reported deaths.

The state has reported 460 deaths in the first 16 days of November compared to 423 in all of October.


Through Nov. 15, the number off people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,558, which marks an all-time high. Of those hospitalized, 324 patients are in intensive care and 1,234 are receiving non-ICU treatment.

There were 580 people hospitalized with COVID-19 just over three weeks ago (Oct. 24).

Note: Hospital totals are preliminary and are subject to adjustment in the days ahead.

Testing and positivity rates

The 7,444 positive results in Monday's update were from a total of 51,207 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 14.54%. 

Those completed tests were from 24,764 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 30.06% 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 14.91%.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 3,472,833 (up from 3,421,682)
  • People tested: 2,173,425 (up from 2,148,661)
  • Positive cases: 231,018 (up from 223,581)
  • Deaths: 2,917 – 44 of which are "probable*" (up from 2,905)
  • Active cases: 51,404 (up fro 50,703)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 179,614 (up from 172,873)

* 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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