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

The latest on the rising cases and hospitalizations in Minnesota.

Thursday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,355 new cases and 8 newly reported deaths, all of them occurring in August. 

The state's death toll is 7,750 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 58.5% (4,534) were residents of long-term care.

As of August 17, the state reported that 3,264,937 (an increase of 5,500 from Wednesday's report) people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,056,221 people have completed the vaccine series. The percentage of Minnesota's population with at least one shot, based on age group:

  • 12-15: 48%
  • 16-17: 56%
  • 18-49: 61%
  • 50-64: 74%
  • 65+: 92%
  • Total population: 59%

54.9% of Minnesota's total population, including children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine, has completed the vaccine series. That jumps to 65.0% when excluding kids under the age of 12. MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.

Hospitalizations

Through August 18, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 473 (up from 461 reported Wednesday).

Of those hospitalized, 121 people were in intensive care and 352 were in general hospital care. 

Testing and positivity rates.

The 1,355 positive results in Thursday's update were from 27,658 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 4.90%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 6.02%, which has been rising as the Delta variant spreads, having recently been below 1%.

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 keep the economy open. That 5% threshold is based on total positives divided by total tests.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 11,068,479 (up from 11,040,807)
  • People tested: 4,869,414 (up from 4,852,669)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,264,937 (up from 3,259,492)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 3,056,221 (up from 3,051,172)
  • Positive cases: 631,858 (up from 630,512)
  • Deaths: 7,750 – 427 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,742)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 614,302 (up from 613,687)

* 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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