Today was another bad day for #COVID19 deaths & hospitalizations in Minnesota. But I want to focus on better news: newly reported cases went down, while testing volume went up! This is exactly what we want to see (repeated on more than one day) when looking for a possible peak.
Now, this good news is good only in context. Even today’s “good” positivity rate is still 11.7%, far above the target of 5%. But in the context of this week’s slightly slower case growth rate and flat positivity rate, it’s slowly strengthening the case for an approaching peak.
Of course, bad reports Saturday and Sunday could change the direction of the trend again, making all this moot. All trends continue until they don’t! But compared to the ever-escalating bad news of past weeks, these possibly illusory glimmers of hope are an improvement!
One other point I was struck by: the decline in the past few days of the #COVID19 case growth rate among 20-something Minnesotans. It’s small in magnitude and only a few days old, so it coul be nothing. But it’s the biggest drop here in more than a month.
Other metrics were a lot worse, including 68 new #COVID19 deaths, taking the seven-day average up to 44 per day, a record high. But remember that deaths are a trailing indicator. They’ll be the last metric to fall when MN’s outbreak finally peaks.
Similarly, new hospitalizations are also still rising steeply. We can likely expect this metric to trail changes in cases and precede changes in deaths. (And remember, cases are still going up — just by less, especially when controlling for testing volume.)

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20 Nov
So last night, @mngop Chair @jkcarnah claimed "extreme abnormalities and statistical variations from Minnesota's historic voter trends” in the 2020 election. I delved into her specific claims, which turned out to be vague, off-base or simply wrong:…
@mngop @jkcarnah 2/ For example, @jkcarnah wrote, "Democrats saw declining vote totals in two consecutive presidential elections in Wright County, including a 14.8% decline in 2016, then in 2020 there was a sudden surge twice as large for Biden with 52.1% growth.” But…
@mngop @jkcarnah 3/ This is a claim based on total votes for Democratic presidential candidates, and ignores the fact that 2020 saw a massive turnout spike and a collapse in support for 3rd party candidates. Biden got 8K more votes in Wright County — and so did Trump!
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19 Nov
Another day, another grisly #COVID19 death record in Minnesota. 72 deaths, with a seven-day average of 41/day (also a record).
Today saw cases shoot back up after a few days of decline — as we would expect given that it’s Thursday, when reported testing volume usually increases. Today saw the second-highest number of reported cases on record, but also the second-highest number of reported tests.
With both cases and tests up, Minnesota’s positivity rate barely budged. It’s been largely flat (albeit high) for more than a week, even as cases continue to rise. I’m watching this stat very closely.
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18 Nov
Oooof. Minnesota today reported 67 new #COVID19 deaths, an all-time record. The 7-day average death rate is up to nearly 37 per day. Image
Going to leading indicators, newly reported cases have actually fallen for four straight days. This doesn’t mean TOO much given weekend effects, and we should expect a rise tomorrow. But it’s better than cases rising anyways, which happened more often than not the past few weeks. Image
Minnesota’s positivity rate, which controls cases for testing volumne, has been at a rough plateau for more than a week now. It’s gone on long enough it’s clearly not a blip, but what it means beyond that is too early to say… Image
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14 Nov
Another day, another smashed #COVID19 record in Minnesota. Today, 8,703 newly reported cases, 20% higher than the old record set two days ago.

The 7-day average is nearly 5,900 new cases per day.
Here’s cases by sample date, a week delayed. You can see tests done last Saturday had nearly 4,000 positives. A week or so before THAT, that would have been a record high for a weekday, let alone weekends that usually have lower volumes.
Now, today’s record 8,703 confirmed #COVID19 cases did come on a record 51,956 tests. But tests are growing at 1.2% per day, while cases are expanding by 3.1% per day. Minnesota’s 7-day average positivity rate is 15%.
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13 Nov
Another day of 40+ #COVID19 deaths in Minnesota, taking the 7-day average up to 35/day. That’s twice as high as two weeks ago.
These #COVID19 deaths are happening at record paces both in and out of long-term-care facilities.
But the news on newly confirmed cases… wasn’t terrible? Yes, more than 5,500 new cases, which is super high. But the number of cases went down from yesterday while tests went up, which hasn’t been the norm lately.

One day doesn’t make a trend, of course.
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12 Nov
The latest #COVID19 data is out in Minnesota and it continues to be mostly bad news. 39 newly reported deaths, the second-highest ever behind only yesterday’s record. The 7-day average is up to 34 deaths/day. Image
Deaths are rising and at record highs both in and out of long-term care facilities. The average #COVID19 death rate in LTC facilities is now HIGHER than the May peak: Image
Yet another daily record in the number of new #COVID19 hospitalizations: Image
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