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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, March 26

COVID-19 updates are provided daily around 11 a.m.

Friday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,714 new cases and seven new deaths.

The seven new deaths increases the state's death toll to 6,821 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.5% (4,264) were residents of long-term care.

Through Mar. 24, the state reported that 1,510,237 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 903,188 people have completed both doses of vaccine that are required for the vaccines' maximum effect.

MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.

Hospitalizations

Through Mar. 25, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 357, which is up from 345 reported Thursday. There were 223 people with COVID-19 admitted to hospitals in Minnesota on Mar. 6, so admissions have steadily risen the past three weeks. 

Of those hospitalized through Mar. 25, 87 were in intensive care (down from 93 reported Thursday) and 270 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 262).

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,714 positive results in Friday's update were from 43,866 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 3.91%

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.09%.

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: 8,090,667 (up from 8,046,775)
  • People tested: 3,647,648 (up from 3,636,621)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,510,237 (up from 1,475,130)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 903,188 (up from 878,469)
  • Positive cases: 512,097 (up from 510,398)
  • Deaths: 6,821 – 374 of which are "probable*" (no change from 6,814)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 492,672 (up from 492,058)

* 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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