Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, April 15

The latest from Minnesota health officials.
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Thursday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 2,736 new cases and 11 new deaths.

The new deaths increase the state's death toll to 6,989 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 61.9% (4,324) were residents of long-term care.

Through April 13, the state reported that 2,162,665 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,488,116 people have completed their vaccine series.

Forty-nine percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot, while 85% of the age-65-plus population has had at least one dose of a vaccine. Overall, 39% 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.

Hospitalizations

Through April 14, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 699, which is up from 681 reported Wednesday.

Of those hospitalized, 168 people were in intensive care (up from 164 reported Wednesday) and 531 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 517).

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)

Testing and positivity rates

The 2,736 positive results in Thursday's update were from 46,409 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 5.89%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 7.19%.

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: 8,711,467 (up from 8,665,530)
  • People tested: 3,860,044 (up from 3,844,437)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 2,162,665 (up from 2,131,904)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,488,116 (up from 1,460,806)
  • Positive cases: 549,830 (up from 547,101)
  • Deaths: 6,989 – 385 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,978)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 524,290 (up from 522,843)

* 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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