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Nov. 24 COVID-19 update: 38 more deaths, hospitalizations surpass 1,800

A new record high for current hospitalizations.
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Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes more than 6,400 new cases and 38 more deaths, pushing the state's death toll from COVID-19 to 3,303. 

The 38 newly reported deaths puts Minnesota's death toll in November alone at 850, which is more than double the number of deaths reported in October (423) and closing in on 200 more deaths than the second-deadliest month (May, 696 deaths). 

Of the newly reported deaths, 21 were residents of long-term care facilities, who have accounted for 68% (2,244) of all COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota.

Hospitalizations

Through Nov. 23, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,828, marking the highest total since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those hospitalized, 379 patients are in intensive care and 1,449 are receiving non-ICU treatment.

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

Testing and positivity rates

The 6,423 positive results in Monday's update were from a total of 53,173 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 12.08%..

Those completed tests were from 24,167 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 26.58% 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 13.26%.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 3,891,159 (up from 3,837,304)
  • People tested: 2,364,943 (up from 2,340,776)
  • Positive cases: 282,916 (up from 276,500)
  • Deaths: 3,303 – 60 of which are "probable*" (up from 3,265)
  • Active cases: 49,069 (down from 49,189)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 233,847 (up from 227,311)

* 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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