Thursday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 986 new cases and seven new deaths.
The newly reported death brings the state's total to 6,450 over the course of the pandemic.
Of the total deaths, 62.7% (4,044) were residents of long-term care, including four of the latest seven deaths.
Through Feb. 23, the state reported that 783,214 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 386,256 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.
Through Feb. 24, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 265 – down from 292 a day earlier.
Of those hospitalized, 50 are in intensive care and 215 are receiving non-ICU treatment.
Testing and positivity rates
The 986 positive results in Thursday's update were from 42,749 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 2.3%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 3.51%.
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: 7,249,977 (up from 7,207,381)
- People tested: 3,442,907 (up from 3,430,620)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 783,214 (up from 770,021)
- People with 2 vaccine shots: 386,256 (up from 370,981)
- Positive cases: 481,831 (up from 480,845)
- Deaths: 6,450 – 270 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,443)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 469,969 (up from 467,147)
* 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.