Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, April 7

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Wednesday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 2,004 new cases and 19 new deaths.

The 19 new deaths increase the state's death toll to 6,908 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.4% (4,294) were residents of long-term care, including five of the 19 reported Wednesday. 

Through April 4, the state reported that 1,871,867 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 1,218,492 people have completed their vaccine series.

Forty-two percent of Minnesotans aged 16-plus have received at least one shot, while 83% of the age-65-plus population has had at least one dose of a vaccine. Overall, 34% 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 6, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 538, which is up from 497 reported Tuesday.

Of those hospitalized, 138 people were in intensive care (up from 114 reported Monday) and 400 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 383).

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. 6: 538 (400 non-ICU, 138 ICU)

Testing and positivity rates

The 2,004 positive results in Wednesday's update were from 25,884 completed tests, creating a two-day test positivity rate of 7.74%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 7.09%.

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: 8,430,709 (up from 8,405,105)
  • People tested: 3,760,389 (up from 3,751,477)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,871,867 (up from 1,841,585)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 1,218,492 (up from 1,192,051)
  • Positive cases: 532,658 (up from 530,622)
  • Deaths: 6,908 – 381 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,889)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 509,834 (up from 508,094)

* 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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