Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, April 5

COVID updates can be expected just after 11 a.m. every day.
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Note: In observance of the holidays, MDH did not update the data on Sunday, April 4. Monday's update will include data from Saturday, April 3. Due to a technical issue on Saturday, April 3 fewer cases than normal were able to be processed. The numbers posted on Monday, April 5 may be lower and cases posted Tuesday, April 6 may be higher as a result.

Monday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,385 new cases and 10 new deaths.

The 10 new deaths increases the state's death toll to 6,885 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.4% (4,293) were residents of long-term care, including seven of the latest 10 deaths.

Through April 2, the state reported that 1,808,949 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,164,187 people have completed their vaccine series.

Forty-one percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot.

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

Hospitalizations

Through April 4, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 448, which is up from 439 reported Friday.

Of those hospitalized through April 1, 110 people were in intensive care (down from 112 reported Friday) and 338 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 327).

Here's how Minnesota's hospital admissions have progress sine 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. 4: 448 (338 non-ICU, 110 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,385 positive results in Monday's update were from 37,065 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 3.73%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 7.17%.

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: 8,375,597 (up from 8,338,745)
  • People tested: 3,740,840 (up from 3,726,485)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,808,949 (up from 1,7702,290)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,164,187 (up from 1,129,863)
  • Positive cases: 527,650 (up from 526,267)
  • Deaths: 6,885 – 379 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,875)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 504,712 (up from 503,024)

* 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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