Thursday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 907 new cases and a total of 24 deaths.
The newly reported deaths bring the state's total to 6,343 over the course of the pandemic. Of those deaths, 63% (3,996) were residents of long-term care, including 13 of the 24 reported Thursday.
One of the newly reported deaths was a person aged 35-39 from Anoka County. It's the 26th death of someone in that age bracket. On Wednesday, the state reported the second COVID-related death of a child under the age of 10 in Minnesota.
Through Feb. 9, the state reported that 599,218 people have received at least 1 dose of the a COVID-19 vaccine while 177,239 people have completed both doses of vaccine that are required for the vaccines' maximum effect.
MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.
Two new variants of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Minnesota, including what was the first known case of the Brazil P.1 variant in the United States. That case involves a Minnesotan who traveled to Brazil. There are 8 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant. Both new strains are believed to be more transmissible.
Through Feb. 10, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 320. Of those hospitalized, 78 were in intensive care, and 242 were receiving non-ICU treatment.
Statewide, there were 174 staffed ICU beds available. During the November surge the state had fewer than 100 staffed ICU beds available. The number of available beds is dependent on the number of available staff, so the totals are constantly changing.
Testing and positivity rates
The 907 positive results in Thursday's update were from a total of 43,203 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 2.1%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 3.46%, making it one of the lowest rates in the country.
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: 6,871,077 (up from 6,828,887)
- People tested: 3,337,790 (up from 3,327,336)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 599,218 (up from 583,602)
- People with 2 vaccine shots: 177,239 (up from 168,495)
- Positive cases: 470,803 (up from 469,905)
- Deaths: 6,343 – 262 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,319)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 456,849 (up from 456,244)
* 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.