As the Minnesota Department of Health posts updates on coronavirus testing, cases and hospitalizations from the disease, MinnPost will update the charts and maps below with the latest data.
Note: Data will not be updated on Christmas Day or New Years Day. Data from those days will be included in updates on subsequent days.
As of October 14, MDH started reporting data based on two testing methods. PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) tests, which were the only types of tests reported prior to October 14, detect genetic material from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and are considered the most accurate method of diagnosis — MDH calls cases with positive PCR tests “confirmed” cases. Another testing method, antigen testing, detects proteins in the sample that are indicative of a coronavirus infection. Because antigen tests are less accurate than PCR tests, MDH calls these cases “probable” cases. But because both types of tests result in the same actions by health officials, we combine the numbers in the data below to give the most complete picture of the state of COVID-19 in Minnesota.
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