Record-high 2,297 new COVID-19 cases reported in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday reported 13 new deaths from COVID-19, as well as a record-high 2,297 newly reported positive COVID-19 tests.

So far, 2,212 people have died of the coronavirus in Minnesota, including 1,559 in long-term care and assisted living facilities.

Nine deaths are also listed as probable COVID-19 deaths.

To date, 8,718 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Minnesota and 2,375 patients have been in the ICU.

According to MDH, the 2,297 newly reported positive COVID-19 tests in Minnesota on Friday moved the state’s total to 119,396 since pandemic record-keeping began. The number came after more than 44,000 tests were processed Thursday.

This week, MDH started reporting positive cases from antigen testing, which began in September. A total of 251 probable cases have been reported since antigen testing began.

Of the cases newly reported Friday, 10 were reported as probable cases.

A total of 105,120 patients have recovered, or are recovering, and no longer need isolation, according to MDH.

As of Friday, over 2.4 million Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19.

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According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the virus has infected more than 39 million people worldwide and killed over 1.09 million people.

About 26.9 million people worldwide have recovered as of Friday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients with confirmed COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory problems, with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some patients report having muscle aches, headache, sore throat, and/or chills and shaking.

Note: According to MDH – "Because all data are preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths."