Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Nearly 3,000 new cases over the weekend – Minnesota Public Radio News
Minnesota’s confirmed COVID-19 case count rose by nearly 3,000 over the weekend — the greatest two-day increase of the pandemic to date.
That included a record single-day increase of 1,537 cases in Saturday’s report from state health officials as testing also climbed to record levels, with more than 32,000 results reported Saturday. The positivity rate has remained near 5 percent.
The state also saw 20 more COVID-19 deaths reported over the past two days — eight of them residents of long-term care facilities, and the other 12 living in private homes.
Minnesota has now seen more than 1,000 new cases in each of the past four daily updates, and double-digit death tolls in the past three daily updates. The state’s overall death toll now stands at 2,141.
The weekly average of new COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota continued its upward trend to levels not seen in several months.
And active cases in Minnesota remain at a record high — 9,956 as of Sunday’s update. The latest update from the state health department also showed that more than 100,000 people in Minnesota who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have now reached the point where they no longer need to be isolated.
Here are Minnesota’s current COVID-19 statistics:
2,141 deaths (10 new)
112,268 confirmed cases (1,450 new); 100,171 off isolation
2,318,810 tests; 1,578,724 people tested
Rise in cases among age 70-plus Minnesotans
New cases are up dramatically since Sept. 1