Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Mar. 8

The latest from the state health department.
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Monday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 473 new cases and six new deaths.

The newly reported deaths brings the state's total to 6,556 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.3% (4,082) were residents of long-term care, including three of the latest six deaths.

Through Mar. 6, the state reported that 1,072,260 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 592,134 people have completed both doses of vaccine that are required for the vaccines' maximum effect.

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

Hospitalizations

Through Mar. 7, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 223, which marks the lowest total since April 17 of last year. 

Of those hospitalized, 46 are in intensive care (down from 57 Mar. 4) and 177 are receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 177).

Testing and positivity rates

The 473 positive results in Monday's update were from 36,485 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 1.29%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 2.78%.

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: 7,599,660 (up from 7,563,391)
  • People tested: 3,539,172 (up from 3,524,061)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,072,260 (up from 1,046,077)
  • People with 2 vaccine shots: 592,134 (up from 570,038)
  • Positive cases: 490,483 (up from 490,011)
  • Deaths: 6,556 – 273 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,550)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 476,856 (up from 476,055)

* 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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