November 23 COVID-19 update: Monthly death toll surpasses 800 in Minnesota

24 more deaths were reported Monday.
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Minnesota's death toll has reached 3,265 after a further 24 fatal cases from COVID-19 were reported Monday by the state health department, in addition to more than 6,300 new laboratory-confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The 24 newly reported deaths pushes Minnesota's death toll in November alone to 812, which is nearly double the number of deaths reported in October (423) and over 100 more than the previously monthly high of 696 in May. 

Of the 24 newly reported deaths, eight were residents of long-term care facilities, who have accounted for 68% (2,223) of all COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota.

Hospitalizations

Through Nov. 22, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota is 1,778. Of those hospitalized, 364 patients are in intensive care and 1,414 are receiving non-ICU treatment.

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

Testing and positivity rates

The 6,353 positive results in Monday's update were from a total of 57,015 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 11.14%..

Those completed tests were from 26,682 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 23.8% 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 13.87%.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 3,837,304 (up from 3,779,834)
  • People tested: 2,340,776 (up from 2,314,094)
  • Positive cases: 276,500 (up from 270,157)
  • Deaths: 3,265 – 60 of which are "probable*" (up from 3,241)
  • Active cases: 49,189 (down from 50,437)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 227,311 (up from 219,720)

* 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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