Saturday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,736 new cases and four new deaths.
The four new deaths increases the state's death toll to (6,825) over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.5% (4,266) were residents of long-term care, including two of the latest four deaths.
Through Mar. 25, the state reported that 1,557,636 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 936,222 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.
Hospitalization data is not updated at weekends.
Through Mar. 25, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 357, which is up from 345 reported Thursday. There were 223 people with COVID-19 admitted to hospitals in Minnesota on Mar. 6, so admissions have steadily risen the past three weeks.
Of those hospitalized through Mar. 25, 87 were in intensive care (down from 93 reported Thursday) and 270 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 262).
Testing and positivity rates
The 1,736 positive results in Saturday's update were from 30,394 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 5.71%
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.17%.
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: 8,121,575 (up from 8,090,667)
- People tested: 3,657,256 (up from 3,647,648)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,557,636 (up from 1,510,237)
- People who have completed. vaccine series: 936,222 (up from 903,188)
- Positive cases: 513,833 (up from 512,097)
- Deaths: 6,825 – 374 of which are "probable*" (no change from 6,821)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 494,114 (up from 492,672)
* 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.