Minnesota’s COVID-19 data continues to offer a mix of hope and agony.
Key metrics are showing definite signs of hope. New daily caseloads and hospital admissions continue to retreat from their late November, early December peaks.
The Health Department posted 1,998 newly confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases — the lowest count since late October, part of more than a week of relatively moderate new caseloads.
Here are Minnesota’s current COVID-19 statistics:
4,872 deaths (22 new)
399,311 positive cases (1,998 new), 373,301 off isolation (93 percent)
5.2 million tests, 2.9 million people tested (about 51 percent of the population)
6.7 percent seven-day positive test rate (officials find 5 percent concerning)
The number of active, confirmed cases in Minnesota