Tuesday’s COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 995 new cases and 11 new deaths.
The state’s death toll is 7,174 since the pandemic started. Of the total deaths, 61% (4,371) were residents in long-term care, including one of the last 11 deaths.
Through May 2, the state reported that 2,589,206 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 1,991,815 people have completed their vaccine series, although those numbers have hardly changed since yesterday’s update, suggesting that there may be a delayed data reporting.
Ninety-five percent of Minnesotans over the age of 16 have received at least one shot, while 87% of the population over the age of 65 have had at least one dose of a vaccine. Overall, 46% of the state’s population has had at least one dose.
MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can see it here.
Through May 3, the number of people with COVID-19 was admitted to Minnesota 575, which is a decrease from 576 reported on Monday and continues a downward trend since mid-April.
Of the hospitals admitted, 149 people were in intensive care (down from 155 reported on Friday) and 426 received non-ICU treatment (up from 421).
Here’s how Minnesota hospitalizations have come about since March 7th.
- March 7: 223 (177 non-ICU, 46 ICU)
- Mar 13: 255 (194 non-ICU, 61 ICU)
- Mar 20: 324 (246 non-ICU, 78 ICU)
- March 27: 356 (264 non-ICU, 92 ICU)
- Apr. 2: 439 (337 non-ICU, 112 ICU)
- Apr. 8: 595 (461 non-ICU, 134 ICU)
- Apr. 14: 699 (531 non-ICU, 168 ICU)
- Apr. 20: 676 (483 non-ICU, 193 ICU)
- Apr. 26: 641 (457 non-ICU, 184 ICU)
- May 2: 576 (421 non-ICU, 155 ICU)
- May 3: 575 (426 non-ICU, 149 ICU)
Test and positivity
That 995 positive results in Tuesday’s update were from 13,840 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 7.18%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s test positivity rate over the last seven days is 5.90%.
The World Health Organization recommends that a one percent positive rate (total positive divided by total completed tests) of less than 5% for at least two weeks is required to open the economy safely. This 5% threshold is based on total positives divided by total tests.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers
- Total tests: 9,338,983 (up from 9,327,363)
- People tested: 4,064,210 (up from 4,061,256)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 2,589,206 (up from 2,585,053)
- People who have completed the vaccine series: 1,991,815 (up from 1,984,517)
- Positive cases: 581,335 (up from 580,340)
- Deaths: Deaths: 7,174 – of which 395 are “probable *” (up from 7,163)
- Patients who no longer need isolation: 560,733 (up from 559,036)
* Probable deaths are patients who died after testing positive using the COVID-19 antigen test, which is thought to be less accurate than the more common PCR test.