Note: Tuesday's update includes 891 cases and 138 deaths that were previously unreported to the Minnesota Department of Health by private labs, which was a violation of a state rule. The cases and deaths happened over the course of the past year, which makes today's report appear to show a massive spike in deaths.
Tuesday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,641 new cases (891 were from the past year) and 140 new deaths (138 from the past year).
The newly reported deaths brings the state's total to 6,696 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 63% (4,220) were residents of long-term care, including 138 of the latest 140 deaths.
Through Mar. 7, the state reported that 1,086,936 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 602,623 people have completed both doses of vaccine that are required for the vaccines' maximum effect.
MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.
Through Mar. 7, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 231, which is up from 223 reported Monday.
Of those hospitalized, 50 are in intensive care (up from 46) and 181 are receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 177).
Testing and positivity rates
The 1,641 positive results in Tuesday's update were from 10,056 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 16.3%, though the numbers are skewed by the previously unreported totals that were included in today's report.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 2.48%.
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: 7,606,434 (up from 7,599,660)
- People tested: 3,534,588 (up from 3,539,172)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,086,936 (up from 1,072,260)
- People with 2 vaccine shots: 602,623 (up from 592,134)
- Positive cases: 492,108 (up from 490,483)
- Deaths: 6,696 – 368 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,556)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 478,422 (up from 476,856)
* 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.