Tuesday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,278 new cases, one new death, and a landmark accomplishment as more than 1 million Minnesotans have completed the vaccine series.
The one new death increases the state's death toll to (6,836) over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.5% (4,271) were residents of long-term care.
Through Mar. 28, the state reported that 1,637,771 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,003,316 people have completed their vaccine series.
Thirty-seven 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.
Through Mar. 29, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 357, which is down from 343 reported Monday.
Of those hospitalized through Mar. 29, 89 people were in intensive care (up from 88 reported Monday) and 268 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 255).
Testing and positivity rates
The 1,278 positive results in Tuesday's update were from 15,167 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 8.42%
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.71%.
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: 8,189,529 (up from 8,175,208)
- People tested: 3,683,495 (up from 3,679,107)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,637,771 (up from 1,609,277)
- People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,003,316 (up from 990,854)
- Positive cases: 517,881 (up from 516,608)
- Deaths: 6,836 – 375 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,835)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 498,103 (up from 496,763)
* 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.