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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, July 30

The latest data from MDH.

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.

Hospitalizations

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.

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