Saturday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,400 new cases and six new deaths.
The newly reported deaths brings the state's total to 6,777 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 63% (4,248) were residents of long-term care.
Through Mar. 18, the state reported that 1,371,513 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 816,289 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.
Hospital data is not updated on weekends.
Through Mar. 18, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 316, which is up from 297 reported Thursday.
Of those hospitalized, 74 were in intensive care (no change) and 242 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 223).
Testing and positivity rates
The 1,400 positive results in Saturday's update were from 31,818 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.4%
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 4.6%.
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: 7,919,119 (up from 7,887,332)
- People tested: 3,595,592 (up from 3,586,274)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,371,513 (up from 1,337,892)
- People with 2 vaccine shots: 816,289 (up from 788,495)
- Positive cases: 504,273 (up from 502,893)
- Deaths: 6,777 – 370 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,771)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 487,086 (up from 485,912)
* 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.