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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, April 29

COVID reports are available seven days a week just after 11 a.m.

Thursday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,921 new cases and 15 new deaths.

The state's death toll is 7,128 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 61.5% (4,365) were residents of long-term care.

Through April 25, the state reported that 2,507,381 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,857,191 people have completed their vaccine series.

Fifty-seven 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, 45% 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 28, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 644, which is up from the 643 reported Wednesday.

Of those hospitalized, 176 people were in intensive care (down from 178 reported Wednesday) and 468 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 465). 

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. 28: 643 (465 non-ICU, 178 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,921 positive results in Thursday's update were from 49,418 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 3.88%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.95%.

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: 9,189,095 (up from 9,140,195)
  • People tested: 4,014,732 (up from 4,000,147)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 2,507,381 (up from 2,487,282)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,857,191 (up from 1,833,719)
  • Positive cases: 573,938 (up from 572,025)
  • Deaths: 7,128 – 393 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,113)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 552,069 (up from 550,992)

* 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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