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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, April 22

The latest from Minnesota health officials.

Thursday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,973 new cases and 10 new deaths.

The new deaths increase the state's death toll to 7,054 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 61.5% (4,343) were residents of long-term care.

Through April 20, the state reported that 2,349,782 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,674,765 people have completed their vaccine series.

Fifty-three percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot, while 86% of the age-65-plus population has had at least one dose of a vaccine. Overall, 42% 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.


Through April 21, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 683, which is up from the 676 reported Wednesday.

Of those hospitalized, 196 people were in intensive care (up from 193 reported Wednesday) and 487 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 483).

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. 21: 684 (487 non-ICU, 196 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,973 positive results in Thursday's update were from 43,829 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 4.50%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 6.60%.

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: 8,948,654 (up from 8,904,956)
  • People tested: 3,936,538 (up from 3,923,029)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 2,349,782 (up from 2,324,241)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,674,765 (up from 1,648,311)
  • Positive cases: 562,420 (up from 560,450)
  • Deaths: 7,054 – 387 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,044)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 538,450 (up from 537,130)

* 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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