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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, August 23

Monday's update features data from Friday. Weekend data is released on Tuesdays.

Today's update features data from Friday, while data from the weekend will be included in Tuesday's update.

Monday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,673 new cases and 7 newly reported deaths, including five deaths that occurred in August, and one each in February and March. 

The state's death toll is 7,767 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 58.5% (4,540) were residents of long-term care.

As of August 19, the state reported that 3,274,847 (an increase of 6,000 from Friday's report) people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,065,135 people have completed the vaccine series. The percentage of Minnesota's population with at least one shot, based on age group:

  • 12-15: 48%
  • 16-17: 56%
  • 18-49: 61%
  • 50-64: 74%
  • 65+: 92%
  • Total population: 59%

55.1% 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 65.2% 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 August 20, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 514 (up from 477 reported Friday). Tuesday's update will include hospital admissions from Saturday, Sunday and Monday. 

Of those hospitalized, 138 people were in intensive care and 376 were in general hospital care. Both are the highest they've been since early May during the tail end of the spring surge. 

Testing and positivity rates.

The 1,673 positive results in Monday's update were from 35,409 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 4.72%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 6.20%, 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 keep the economy open. That 5% threshold is based on total positives divided by total tests.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 11,134,990 (up from 11,099,002)
  • People tested: 4,905,380 (up from 4,886,251)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,274,847 (up from 3,268,572)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 3,065,135 (up from 3,059,394)
  • Positive cases: 635,222 (up from 633,556)
  • Deaths: 7,767 – 428 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,760)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 616,344 (up from 614,950)

* 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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