Saturday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 2,063 new cases and 11 new deaths.
It's the third day in a row that Minnesota has reported more than 2,000 cases, as the state continues experience another upswing in the virus despite growing vaccination numbers.
The 11 new deaths increases the state's death toll to 6,875 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.4% (4,286) were residents of long-term care, including four of the latest 11 deaths.
Through April 1, the state reported that 1,770,290 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,129,863 people have completed their vaccine series.
Forty percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot.
MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.
Hospitalization data is not updated at weekends.
Through April 1, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 439, which is up from 438 reported Thursday.
Of those hospitalized through April 1, 112 people were in intensive care (up from 105 reported Thursday) and 327 were receiving non-ICU treatment (down from 330).
ere's how Minnesota's hospital admissions have progress the past month.
- Mar. 1: 251 (191 non-ICU, 60 ICU)
- 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. 1: 439 (327 non-ICU, 112 ICU)
Testing and positivity rates
The 2,063 positive results in Saturday's update were from 35,558 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 5.8%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 6.75%.
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: 8,338,754 (up from 8,303,506)
- People tested: 3,726,485 (up from 3,717,258)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,770,290 (up from 1,720,811)
- People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,129,863 (up from 1,088,332)
- Positive cases: 526,267 (up from 524,203)
- Deaths: 6,875 – 379 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,864)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 503,024 (up from 501,188)
* 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.