Friday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 702 new cases and 5 new deaths.
The state's death toll is 7,668 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 58.7% (4,505) were residents of long-term care.
As of July 28, the state reported that 3,152,764 (an increase of nearly 7,000 from Wednesday) people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 2,993,889 people have completed their vaccine series.The percentage of Minnesota's population with at least one shot, based on age group:
- 12-15: 41%
- 16-17: 52%
- 18-49: 59%
- 50-64: 72%
- 65+: 91%
- Total population: 57%
53.8% 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 63.7% 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.
Through July 29, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 231 (up from 208 reported Thursday).
Of those hospitalized, 64 people were in intensive care and 167 were receiving non-ICU treatment.
The 64 ICU admissions are the most since June 3, and the 167 non-ICU admissions are the most since June 4.
Testing and positivity rates.
The 702 positive results in Friday's update were from 19,644 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 3.57%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 3.97%, 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: 10,652,403 (up from 10,632,801)
- People tested: 4,613,222 (up from 4,600,620)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,152,764 (up from 3,146,721)
- People who have completed vaccine series: 2,993,889 (up from 2,989,960)
- Positive cases: 612,001 (up from 612,001)
- Deaths: 7,668 – 423 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,663)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 601,097 (up from 600,874)
* 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.