Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, April 6

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Note: The numbers posted on Monday, April 5 were lower due to the holiday weekend, and cases posted Tuesday, April 6 are higher as it includes multiple days of data. 

Tuesday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 3,014 new cases and four new deaths.

The four new deaths increase the state's death toll to 6,889 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.4% (4,294) were residents of long-term care.

Through April 4, the state reported that 1,841,585 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,192,051 people have completed their vaccine series.

Forty-two percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot.

MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.

Hospitalizations

Through April 5, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 497, which is up from 448 reported Monday.

Of those hospitalized through April 5, 114 people were in intensive care (up from 110 reported Monday) and 383 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 338).

Here's how Minnesota's hospital admissions have progressed since Mar. 1.

  • Mar. 1: 251 (191 non-ICU, 60 ICU)
  • 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. 5: 497 (383 non-ICU, 114 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 3,014 positive results in Tuesday's update were from 29,635 completed tests, creating a two-day test positivity rate of 10.17%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 6.68%.

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: 8,405,105 (up from 8,375,597)
  • People tested: 3,751,477 (up from 3,740,840)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,841,585 (up from 1,808,949)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,192,051 (up from 1,164,187)
  • Positive cases: 530,622 (up from 527,650)
  • Deaths: 6,889 – 380 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,885)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 508,094 (up from 504,712)

* 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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