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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, August 2

The delta variant has been leading to higher case counts and hospitalizations in Minnesota.
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Monday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 632 new cases and 6 newly reported deaths. As is now the norm, reports issued Mondays include data submitted to the health department through last Friday. Three days of data – Saturday-Monday – are then released Tuesdays. 

The state's death toll is 7,674 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 58.7% (4,511) were residents of long-term care.

As of July 29, the state reported that 3,158,646 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 2,997,637 people have completed their vaccine series. The percentage of Minnesota's population with at least one shot, based on age group:

  • 12-15: 42%
  • 16-17: 52%
  • 18-49: 59%
  • 50-64: 72%
  • 65+: 91%
  • Total population: 57%

53.9% 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 63.8% 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 30, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 229 (down from 231 reported Friday).

Of those hospitalized, 68 people were in intensive care and 161 were receiving non-ICU treatment.

Testing and positivity rates.

The 632 positive results in Monday's update were from 18,089 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 3.49%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 4.09%, 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: 10,670,347 (up from 10,652,403)
  • People tested: 4,624,467 (up from 4,613,222)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,158,646 (up from 3,152,764)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 2,997,637 (up from 2,993,889)
  • Positive cases: 613,325 (up from 612,701)
  • Deaths: 7,674 – 423 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,668)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 601,499 (up from 601,097)

* 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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