Wednesday’s COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,323 new cases and nine new deaths.
The seven new deaths increase the death toll in the state to 6,798 during the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.5% (4,254) were long-term care residents.
As of March 22, the state reported that 1,454,834 people had received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 862,955 people had completed the two doses of the vaccine that are required for maximum effect of the vaccines.
MDH has a public dashboard for tracking vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.
As of March 23, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 332, which is up from the 324 reported Monday. There were 223 people with COVID-19 admitted to hospitals in Minnesota on March 6, so the numbers are increasing.
Of those hospitalized, 93 were in intensive care (versus 87 reported Monday) and 239 were receiving treatment outside the ICU (versus 237).
Test and positivity rates
The 1,323 positive results in Wednesday’s update were 25,776 tests completed, creating a daily test positivity rate of 5.13%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s test positivity rate for the past seven days is 4.85%.
The World Health Organization recommends that a percentage positive 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: 8,006,344 (vs 7,981,041)
- Tested people: 3,624,885 (vs. 3,617,073)
- People with at least 1 vaccine injection: 1,454,834 (vs. 1,437,931)
- People who have completed. vaccine series: 862,955 (from 854,827)
- Positive cases: 508,541 (from 507,231)
- Deceased: 6,798 – 370 of which are “probable *” (unchanged from 6,789)
- Patients who no longer require isolation: 491,410 (from 490,340)
* 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.