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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, March 16

The latest on the state's COVID-19 situation.

Tuesday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 716 new cases and two new deaths.

The newly reported deaths brings the state's total to 6,749 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 63% (4,241) were residents of long-term care.

Through Mar. 14, the state reported that 1,265,430 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 729,294 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.

Hospitalizations

Through Mar. 14, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 260, which is up from 240 reported Friday. An update Tuesday has yet to be posted. 

Of those hospitalized, 59 were in intensive care (down from 66) and 201 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 174).

Testing and positivity rates

The 716 positive results in Tuesday's update were from 11,834 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 6.05%

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.06%.

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: 7,785,093 (up from 7,773,967)
  • People tested: 3,562,004 (up from 3,561,419)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,265,430 (up from 1,260,771)
  • People with 2 vaccine shots: 729,294 (up from 724,692)
  • Positive cases: 498,926 (up from 498,218)
  • Deaths: 6,749 – 369 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,747)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 483,942 (up from 482,984)

* 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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