Thursday’s COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 940 new cases and 14 new deaths.
The recently reported deaths bring the state’s total to 6,521 over the course of the pandemic.
Of the total deaths, 62.4% (4,070) were long-term care residents, including
As of March 2, the state reported that 948,127 people had received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 500,188 people had completed the two doses of the vaccine that are required for maximum effect of the vaccines.
MDH has a public dashboard to track the progress of the vaccine in Minnesota, and you can view it here.
The MDH has not updated hospitalization figures since Tuesday.
As of March 1, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 243, up from 230 on February 28.
Of those hospitalized, 57 are in intensive care (versus 47) and 186 are receiving treatment outside the ICU (versus 183).
Test and positivity rates
The 940 positive results in Thursday’s update were 68,840 tests completed, creating a daily test positivity rate of 1.36%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s test positivity rate for the past seven days is 3.19%
The World Health Organization recommends that a positive percentage rate (total positives divided by total tests completed) be less than 5% for at least two weeks to safely reopen the economy. That 5% threshold is based on the total positives divided by the total tests.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers
- Total tests: 7,465,199 (from 7,396,423)
- Tested people: 3,499,299 (from 3,484,045)
- People with at least 1 vaccine injection: 948,127 (from 928,963)
- People with 2 vaccines: 500,188 (from 484,383)
- Positive cases: 487,374 (from 486,434)
- Deceased: 6,521 – 273 of which are “probable *” (vs. 6,507)
- Patients who no longer require isolation: 473,728 (from 473,252)
* Likely deaths are patients who died after testing positive for the COVID-19 antigen, which is believed to be less accurate than the more common PCR test.