Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, April 27

The latest numbers for COVID-19 in Minnesota.
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Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,088 new cases and 12 new deaths, including the first-grade student whose death in southwestern Minnesota was announced on Monday. 

The state's death toll is 7,091 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 61.5% (4,354) were residents of long-term care.

Through April 25, the state reported that 2,468,406 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,811,171 people have completed their vaccine series.

Fifty-six percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot, while 86% of the age-65-plus population has had at least one dose of a vaccine. Overall, 44% 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 April 26, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 641, which is up from the 613 reported Monday.

Of those hospitalized, 184 people were in intensive care (up from 179 reported Monday) and 457 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 434).

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)

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,088 positive results in Tuesday's update were from 13,658 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 7.96%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.97%.

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: 9,116,991 (up from 9,103,708)
  • People tested: 3,993,200 (up from 3,989,176)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 2,468,406 (up from 2,459,629)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,811,171 (up from 1,805,781)
  • Positive cases: 570,518 (up from 569,440)
  • Deaths: 7,091 – 387 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,079)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 549,110 (up from 547,021)

* 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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