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COVID-19 positivity jumps to 9% in Minnesota - 3,483 new cases, 15 deaths

Minnesota health officials concerned that many reluctant to disclose info for contact tracing


November 4, 2020

ALEX KORMANN • Star Tribune

Cheryl Odegaard, a medical assistant at St. Luke's Respiratory Clinic, administered a COVID-19 test to a patient in their drive-through testing site in September.

Nine percent of COVID-19 diagnostic tests are coming up positive in Minnesota, a warning sign to state health officials that the infectious disease is spreading rapidly.

The increase in the seven-day average positivity rate came on Tuesday as the Minnesota Department of Health reported a single-day record of 3,483 new infections and 15 deaths from the novel corona­virus that causes COVID-19. Totals in the pandemic have reached 157,096 infections and 2,499 deaths.

Infections were reported Tuesday from 86 of 87 Minnesota counties, reflecting the viral spread that health officials said is happening in gatherings, large and small, across the state.


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