MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Here are the latest updates from November 9, 2020:
Nineteen more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday, for a total of 2,675.
Of the people whose deaths were announced Monday, four were in their 90s, nine in their 80s, four in their 70s, and two in their 60s. Fourteen of the people whose deaths were announced Monday were residents of long-term care facilities.
Of the 19 deaths, six were among residents of the Twin Cities metro area and 12 were among residents of Greater Minnesota. There were deaths reported in 14 counties.
The state has reported 218 deaths through the first nine days of November, which is more than the total death toll in March (12), July (159) and August (216). The state recorded 219 deaths in September.
MDH also said Monday there have been 184,788 total cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota. The number of positives is up 3,926 from Sunday’s count and is based on 26,004 new tests. That corresponds to a single-day positivity rate of roughly 15 percent. You can find the seven-day positive case average here.
The current caseload and death toll combines Minnesotans with positive PCR tests and positive antigen tests approved under a Food and Drug emergency authorization use. MDH added antigen tests to case counts on Oct. 14.
The most recent data available show 224 Minnesotans are hospitalized in intensive care with COVID-19, and 860 are in the hospital with COVID-19 not in intensive care. You can find more information about Minnesota’s current ICU usage and capacity here.
While Gov. Tim Walz has for weeks resisted new restrictions on businesses and public life as the COVID-19 pandemic has escalated in the state, on Monday he signaled he will soon announce new rules limiting how bars and restaurants operate. A total shut down or stay-home order is not expected. Read more from MinnPost’s Peter Callaghan here.
Today on MinnPost
- Walz indicates new restrictions on bars and restaurants in Minnesota likely coming soon
- Minneapolis Council President Lisa Bender decides against running for re-election in 2021.
- Pandemic-era life at Gustavus Adolphus: ‘The safest place for college students may be on a college campus’
- Asking yourself how long it’s been since this all started? Us too.
- As always, a look at the numbers on the MinnPost COVID-19 dashboard.
Around the web
- Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective, reports Associated Press.
- President-elect Joe Biden has announced his coronavirus task force made up of physicians and health experts, which includes Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. Story from the Washington Post.
MDH’s coronavirus website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
MDH’s phone line for COVID-19 questions, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m: 651-297-1304