Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Saturday, May 1

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Saturday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,723 new cases and 10 new deaths.

The state's death toll is 7,154 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 61.4% (4,370) were residents of long-term care.

Through April 29, the state reported that 2,556,515 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,938,241 people have completed their vaccine series.

Fifty-eight percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot, while 87% of the age-65-plus population has had at least one dose of a vaccine. Overall, 46% 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.


Hospital data is not updated on weekends. 

Through April 29, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 619, which is down from the 644 reported Thursday and continues a downward trend since mid-April.

Of those hospitalized, 166 people were in intensive care (down from 176 reported Thursday) and 453 were receiving non-ICU treatment (down from 468).

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. 20: 676 (483 non-ICU, 193 ICU)
  • Apr. 26: 641 (457 non-ICU, 184 ICU)
  • Apr. 29: 619 (453 non-ICU, 166 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,723 positive results in Saturday's update were from 40,797 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 4.22%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.86%.

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: 9,270,547 (up from 9,229,945)
  • People tested: 4,039,525 (up from 4,025,717)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 2,556,515 (up from 2,533,459)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,938,241 (up from 1,893,516)
  • Positive cases: 577,524 (up from 575,812)
  • Deaths: 7,154 – 394 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,144)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 555,214 (up from 553,030)

* 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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