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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, April 26

The latest figures from MDH.

Monday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,197 new cases and zero new deaths.

Earlier Monday, however, Marshall Area Schools in southwest Minnesota confirmed that a first-grade student died due to complications from COVID-19. It's believed to be the third pediatric death from COVID in Minnesota. 

The state's death toll is 7,.079 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 61.5% (4,353) were residents of long-term care.

Through April 24, the state reported that 2,459,629 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,805,781 people have completed their vaccine series.

Fifty-six percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot, while 86% of the age-65-plus population has had at least one dose of a vaccine. Overall, 44% 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 25, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 613, which is down from the 689 reported Friday.

Of those hospitalized, 179 people were in intensive care (down from 202 reported Friday) and 434 were receiving non-ICU treatment (down from 487).

Here's how Minnesota's hospital admissions have progressed since Mar. 7.

  • 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. 14: 699 (531 non-ICU, 168 ICU)
  • Apr. 25: 613 (434 non-ICU, 179 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,197 positive results in Monday's update were from 23,364 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 5.12%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 6.03%.

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: 9,103,708 (up from 9,080,354)
  • People tested: 3,989,176 (up from 3,979,679)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 2,459,629 (up from 2,441,621)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,805,781 (up from 1,788,107)
  • Positive cases: 569,440 (up from 568,243)
  • Deaths: 7,079 – 387 of which are "probable*" (no change)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 547,021 (up from 544,781)

* 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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