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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, March 15

The latest from the state health department.
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Monday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 829 new cases and one new death.

The newly reported death brings the state's total to 6,747 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 63% (4,241) were residents of long-term care.

Through Mar. 13, the state reported that 1,260,771 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 724,692 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. 14, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 260, which is up from 240 reported Friday.

Of those hospitalized, 59 are in intensive care (down from 66) and 201 are receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 174).

Testing and positivity rates

The 829 positive results in Monday's update were from 16,417 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 5.04%

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 4.23%.

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: 7,773,967 (up from 7,757,403)
  • People tested: 3,561,419 (up from 3,555,115)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,260,771 (up from 1,240,140)
  • People with 2 vaccine shots: 724,692 (up from 707,776)
  • Positive cases: 498,218 (up from 497,391)
  • Deaths: 6,747 – 369 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,746)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 482,984 (up from 482,053)

* 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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