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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, April 24

The latest from Minnesota health officials.

Saturday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 2,104 new cases and eight new deaths.

The new deaths increase the state's death toll to 7,072 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 61.5% (4,348) were residents of long-term care.

Through April 22, the state reported that 2,407,294 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,745,337 people have completed their vaccine series.

Fifty-five percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot, while 86% of the age-65-plus population has had at least one dose of a vaccine. Overall, 43% of the state's population has had at least one dose.

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

Hospitalizations

Hospital data is not updated on the weekend. 

Through April 22, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 689, which is up from the 684 reported Thursday.

Of those hospitalized, 202 people were in intensive care (up from 196 reported Wednesday) and 487 were receiving non-ICU treatment (no change from 487).

Here's how Minnesota's hospital admissions have progressed since Mar. 7.

  • Mar. 7: 223 (177 non-ICU, 46 ICU)
  • Mar. 13: 255 (194 non-ICU, 61 ICU)
  • Mar. 20: 324 (246 non-ICU, 78 ICU)
  • Mar. 27: 356 (264 non-ICU, 92 ICU)
  • Apr. 2: 439 (337 non-ICU, 112 ICU)
  • Apr. 8: 595 (461 non-ICU, 134 ICU)
  • Apr. 14: 699 (531 non-ICU, 168 ICU)
  • Apr. 22: 689 (487 non-ICU, 202 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 2,104 positive results in Saturday's update were from 44,564 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 6.32%.

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: 9,044,360 (up from 8,999,951)
  • People tested: 3,966,377 (up from 3,952,305)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 2,407,294 (up from 2,376,300)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,745,337 (up from 1,711,408)
  • Positive cases: 566,687 (up from 564,584)
  • Deaths: 7,072 – 387 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,064)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 542,520 (up from 539,741)

* 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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