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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, April 14

The latest from Minnesota health officials.

Wednesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,715 new cases and 16 new deaths.

The new deaths increase the state's death toll to 6,978 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 61.9% (4,320) were residents of long-term care.

Through April 12. the state reported that 2,131,904 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,460,806 people have completed their vaccine series.

Forty-eight percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot, while 84% of the age-65-plus population has had at least one dose of a vaccine. Overall, 38% of the state's population has had at least one dose.

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

Hospitalizations

Through April 13, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 681, which is up from 676 reported Tuesday.

Of those hospitalized, 164 people were in intensive care (up from 159 reported Tuesday) and 517 were receiving non-ICU treatment (no change from 517).

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. 2: 439 (337 non-ICU, 112 ICU)
  • Apr. 8: 595 (461 non-ICU, 134 ICU)
  • Apr. 13: 681 (517 non-ICU, 164 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,715 positive results in Wednesday's update were from 24,033 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 7.13%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 7.32%.

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: 8,665,530 (up from 8,641,543)
  • People tested: 3,844,437 (up from 3,835,496)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 2,131,904 (up from 2,102,859)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,460,806 (up from 1,435,236)
  • Positive cases: 547,101 (up from 545,404)
  • Deaths: 6,978 – 385 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,962)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 522,843 (up from 520,800)

* 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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