Sunday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 997 new cases and five new deaths.
The newly reported deaths brings the state's total to 6,746 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 63% (4,240) were residents of long-term care, including two of the latest five deaths.
Through Mar. 12, the state reported that 1,240,140 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 707,776 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 the weekend.
Through Mar. 11, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 240, which is up from 236 reported Thursday.
Of those hospitalized, 66 are in intensive care (up from 63) and 174 are receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 173).
Testing and positivity rates
The 997 positive results in Sunday's update were from 27,414 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 3.63%
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 4.09%.
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: 7,757,403 (up from 7,729,438)
- People tested: 3,555,115 (up from 3,544,769)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,240,140 (up from 1,205,342)
- People with 2 vaccine shots: 707,776 (up from 683,034)
- Positive cases: 497,391 (up from 496,395)
- Deaths: 6,746 – 369 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,741)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 482,053 (up from 481,167)
* 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.