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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, March 1

The latest figures from MDH.

Monday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 636 new cases and three new deaths.

The newly reported deaths brings the state's total to 6,486 over the course of the pandemic.

Of the total deaths, 62.6% (4,056) were residents of long-term care, including one of the latest three deaths.

Through Feb. 27, the state reported that 902,242 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 467,300 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 Feb. 28, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 230 down from 263 on Feb. 25.

Of those hospitalized, 47 are in intensive care (down from 60) and 183 are receiving non-ICU treatment (down from 203).

Testing and positivity rates

The 636 positive results in Monday's update were from 19,374 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 3.26%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 3.43%.

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:  7,365,792 (up from 7,346,457)
  • People tested: 3,476,724 (up from 3,469,706)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot:  902,242 (up from  878,436)
  • People with 2 vaccine shots:  467,300 (up from 452,562)
  • Positive cases: 485,230 (up from 484,594)
  • Deaths: 6,486 – 271 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,483)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 471,647 (up from 470,819)

* 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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