Skip to main content

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, August 17

Today's report includes a cumulative total from Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 3,054 new cases and three newly reported deaths, though the data is cumulative from Saturday, Sunday and Monday. 

The state's death toll is 7,734 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 58.5% (4,533) were residents of long-term care.

As of August 15, the state reported that 3,254,019 (an increase of 15,500 from Monday's report) people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,047,575 people have completed the vaccine series. The percentage of Minnesota's population with at least one shot, based on age group:

  • 12-15: 47%
  • 16-17: 56%
  • 18-49: 61%
  • 50-64: 74%
  • 65+: 92%
  • Total population: 58%

54.8% of Minnesota's total population, including children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine, has completed the vaccine series. That jumps to 64.8% when excluding kids under the age of 12. MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.

Hospitalizations

Through August 16, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 434 (up from 411 reported Monday).

Of those hospitalized, 115 people were in intensive care and 319 were in general hospital care.

Testing and positivity rates.

The 3,054 positive results in Tuesday's update were from 57,659 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 5.29%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.60%, which has been rising 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 keep the economy open. That 5% threshold is based on total positives divided by total tests.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 11,017,165 (up from 10,959,511)
  • People tested: 4,838,866 (up from 4,803,549)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,254,019 (up from 3,238,588)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 3,047,575 (up from 3,039,749)
  • Positive cases: 629,354 (up from 626,310)
  • Deaths: 7,737 – 426 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,734)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 612,681 (up from 609,532)

* 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.

Next Up

Amber alert wisconsin

Amber Alert in Wisconsin: Search for missing 15-year-old girl

Police believe 15-year-old Kryssy King may be with a 22-year-old man.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 10.18.12 AM

3 St. Paul fast food restaurants robbed in space of an hour

The thieves struck between 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.06.40 AM

What to do with the Kmart site? Minneapolis wants your ideas

The project will connect Nicollet Avenue south of Lake street and north of the Midtown Greenway, reestablishing a street grid.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 7.53.55 AM

Crowd evacuated at end of homecoming football game in Brooklyn Park

Police blamed 'unruly teens' in the stands and some who were trying to enter the stadium.

gas

State to help 44 Minnesota gas stations add E15 pumps

The yellow 88 button is coming to more gas stations in Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 4.54.42 PM

FBI, police investigating bank robbery at Edina's 50th and France

An ATM technician was robbed by four men at a U.S. Bank.

Ethan Glynn

Paralyzed Bloomington football player begins rehabilitation in Colorado

Ethan Glynn is at a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital.

Press Bar fire

Owner of St. Cloud bar gets 6 years for arson, ordered to repay $3M

A February 2020 fire at the Press Bar and Parlor was later determined to be an insurance job.

IMG_5455

Bloomington, Richfield districts tighten security ahead of weekend football

Enhanced safety measures will be in place this weekend.

Related

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, September 21

Today's report features cumulative data from Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

covid, vaccine

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, August 10

Updates on Tuesdays include three days of data (Saturday, Sunday and Monday).

covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, August 30

Today's update includes information from Friday. Weekend data is released Tuesdays.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, August 3

The delta variant has been leading to higher case counts and hospitalizations in Minnesota.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, August 24

Hospitalizations are climbing closer to the high points of the spring surge in Minnesota.

covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, August 23

Monday's update features data from Friday. Weekend data is released on Tuesdays.