Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, April 1

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Thursday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 2,140 new cases and 12 new deaths. It's the first day with more than 2,000 new cases reported since Jan. 10. 

The 12 new deaths increases the state's death toll to (6,860) over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.4% (4,280) were residents of long-term care.

Through Mar. 30, the state reported that 1,682,545 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,057,848 people have completed their vaccine series.

Thirty-eight 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.

Hospitalizations

Through Mar. 31 the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 438, which is up from 411 reported Wednesday.

Of those hospitalized through Mar. 30, 105 people were in intensive care (up from 102 reported Wednesday) and 330 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 309).

Here'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)
  • Today: 438 (330 non-ICU, 105 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 2,140 positive results in Thursday's update were from 43,117 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.96%

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 6.16%.

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: 8,253,622 (up from 8,211,019)
  • People tested: 3,703,686 (up from 3,689,024)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,682,545 (up from 1,658,176)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,057,848 (up from 1,031,749)
  • Positive cases: 521,667 (up from 519,529)
  • Deaths: 6,860 – 377 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,848)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 500,351 (up from 499,395)

* 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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