Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, April 12

The latest from Minnesota health officials.
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Monday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,994 new cases and two new deaths.

The new deaths increase the state's death toll to 6,950 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.4% (4,319) were residents of long-term care, including one of the latest two deaths.

Through April 10. the state reported that 2,084,657 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,420,328 people have completed their vaccine series.

Forty-seven percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot, while 84% of the age-65-plus population has had at least one dose of a vaccine. Overall, 37% 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 view it here.

Hospitalizations

Through April 11, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 651, which is up from 595 reported Friday.

Of those hospitalized, 161 people were in intensive care (up from 134 reported Thursday) and 490 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 461).

Here's how Minnesota's hospital admissions have progressed since Mar. 1.

  • Mar. 1: 251 (191 non-ICU, 60 ICU)
  • Mar. 7: 223 (177 non-ICU, 46 ICU)
  • Mar. 13: 255 (194 non-ICU, 61 ICU)
  • Mar. 20: 324 (246 non-ICU, 78 ICU)
  • Mar. 27: 356 (264 non-ICU, 92 ICU)
  • Apr. 2: 439 (337 non-ICU, 112 ICU)
  • Apr. 8: 595 (461 non-ICU, 134 ICU)
  • Apr. 11: 651 (490 non-ICU, 161 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,994 positive results in Monday's update were from 24,001 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 8.3%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 7.07%.

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: 8,626,261 (up from 8,602,029)
  • People tested: 3,830,249 (up from 3,820,370)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 2,084,657 (up from 3,050,888)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,420,328 (up from 1,386,766)
  • Positive cases: 544,046 (up from 542,053)
  • Deaths: 6,959 – 385 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,957)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 518,658 (up from 516,427)

* 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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