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

The newest data from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Thursday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 340 new cases and four new deaths, including someone in their 40s from Hennepin County. 

The state's death toll is 7,648 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 58.8% (4,498) were residents of long-term care.

The figures released on Monday is based on data from Friday, with the weekend's figures due to be released on Tuesday, as MDH is no longer releasing data updates at weekends.

As of July 20, the state reported that 3,118,635 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 2,969,903 people have completed their vaccine series.

The percentage of Minnesota's population with at least one shot, based on age group:

  • 12-15: 40%
  • 16-17: 51%
  • 18-49: 58%
  • 50-64: 72%
  • 65+: 91%
  • Total population: 56%

53.4% of Minnesota's total population has completed the vaccine series. MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.

Hospitalizations

Through July 21, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 108 (down from 116 reported Wednesday). Of those hospitalized, 27 people were in intensive care and 81 were receiving non-ICU treatment.

Hospital admissions involving COVID patients in Minnesota dropped to 223 on March 7 before rising to 699 on April 14. Since that mid-April peak the numbers have dropped, falling to 440 May 17 and now hovering around the 100 mark. 

Testing and positivity rates

The 340 positive results in Thursday's update were from 14,324 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 2.37%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 2.45%, which has been ticking up 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 reopen the economy. That 5% threshold is based on total positives divided by total tests.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 10,543,189 (up from 10,529,318)
  • People tested: 4,549,184 (up from 4,543,285)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,118,635 (up from 3,115,259)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 2,969,903 (up from 2,966,516)
  • Positive cases: 609,016 (up from 608,678)
  • Deaths: 7,648 – 423 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,644)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 599,352 (up from 599,219)

* 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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