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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, Aug. 6

This will be the last update till Monday.
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Friday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,012 new cases and six newly reported deaths. .

The state's death toll is 7,694 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 58.8% (4,522) were residents of long-term care.

As of August 4, the state reported that 3,191,200 (an increase of almost 8,000 from Thursday) people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,014,748 people have completed their vaccine series. The percentage of Minnesota's population with at least one shot, based on age group:

  • 12-15: 44%
  • 16-17: 53%
  • 18-49: 59%
  • 50-64: 73%
  • 65+: 91%
  • Total population: 57%

54.2% of Minnesota's total population, including children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine, has completed the vaccine series. That jumps to 64.1% when excluding kids under the age of 12. MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.

Hospitalizations

Through August 5, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 267 (down from 270 reported Thursday).

Of those hospitalized, 80 people were in intensive care and 187 were receiving non-ICU treatment.

Testing and positivity rates.

The 1,012 positive results in Friday's update were from 24,276 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 4.16%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.02%, which has been rising as the Delta variant spreads, having recently been below 1%.

The World Health Organization recommends that a percent positive rate (total positives divided by total completed tests) of below 5% for at least two weeks is necessary to safely reopen the economy. That 5% threshold is based on total positives divided by total tests.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 10,771,700 (up from 10,747,709)
  • People tested: 4,687,980 (up from 4,673,525)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,191,200 (up from 3,183,305)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 3,014,748 (up from 3,011,093)
  • Positive cases: 617,788 (up from 616,784)
  • Deaths: 7,694 – 424 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,688)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 603,915 (up from 603,559)

* 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.

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