Monday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,550 new cases and five new deaths.
The five new deaths increases the state's death toll to (6,835) over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.5% (4,270) were residents of long-term care, including two of the latest four deaths.
Through Mar. 27, the state reported that 1,609,277 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 990,854 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.
Through Mar. 28, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 343, which is down from 357 reported Friday.
Of those hospitalized through Mar. 28, 88 people were in intensive care (up from 87 reported Friday) and 255 were receiving non-ICU treatment (down from 270).
Testing and positivity rates
The 1,550 positive results in Monday's update were from 22,622 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 6.85%
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.56%.
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: 8,175,208 (up from 8,152,753)
- People tested: 3,679,107 (up from 3,669,163)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,609,277 (up from 1,590,826)
- People who have completed. vaccine series: 990,854 (up from 976,061)
- Positive cases: 516,608 (up from 515,058)
- Deaths: 6,830 – 375 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,830)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 496,763 (up from 495,463)
* 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.