Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, April 20

The latest from Minnesota health officials.
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Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,189 new cases and five new deaths.

The new deaths increase the state's death toll to 7,031 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 61.7% (4,337) were residents of long-term care.

Through April 17, the state reported that 2,304,975 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,630,999 people have completed their vaccine series.

Fifty-two percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot, while 85% of the age-65-plus population has had at least one dose of a vaccine. Overall, 41% 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.


Through April 19, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 686, which is up from the 684 reported Monday.

Of those hospitalized, 193 people were in intensive care (up from 172 reported Monday) and 493 were receiving non-ICU treatment (down from 512).

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. 19: 686 (493 non-ICU, 193 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,189 positive results in Tuesday's update were from 15,168 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 7.83%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 6.72%.

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: 8,880,741 (up from 8,866,081)
  • People tested: 3,915,190 (up from 3,911,831)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 2,304,975 (up from 2,292,756)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,630,999 (up from 1,625,800)
  • Positive cases: 558,850 (up from 557,665)
  • Deaths: 7,031 – 386 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,026)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 534,889 (up from 532,563)

* 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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