Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 6

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Thursday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,661 new cases and 13 new deaths.

The state's death toll is 7,204 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 61% (4,376) were residents of long-term care, including one of the latest 11 deaths.

Through May 4, the state reported that 2,614,319 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 2,035,325 people have completed their vaccine series, though these figures have barely changed since yesterday's update, suggesting there may be a data reporting lag.

Fifty-nine 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, 47% 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 May 5, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 565, which is down from the 580 reported Wednesday and continues a downward trend since mid-April.

Of those hospitalized, 152 people were in intensive care (up from 149 reported Wednesday) and 413 were receiving non-ICU treatment (down from 431).

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)
  • May 2: 576 (421 non-ICU, 155 ICU)
  • May 5: 565 (413 non-ICU, 152 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,661 positive results in Thursday's update were from 38,262 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 4.34%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.77%.

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: 9,402,942 (up from 9,364,629)
  • People tested: 4,086,204 (up from 4,073,809)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 2,614,319 (up from 2,598,871)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 2,035,325 (up from 2,007,668)
  • Positive cases: 584,227 (up from 582,576)
  • Deaths: 7,204 – 395 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,191)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 563,364 (up from 562,376)

* 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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