Wednesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,632 new cases and 10 newly reported deaths. Approximately half (823) of the 1,632 cases are from the 7-county Twin Cities metro area.
The state's death toll is 7,715 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 58.5% (4,520) were residents of long-term care.
As of August 9, the state reported that 3,219,639 (an increase of about 5,000 from Tuesday's report) people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,028,910 people have completed the vaccine series. The percentage of Minnesota's population with at least one shot, based on age group:
- 12-15: 45%
- 16-17: 54%
- 18-49: 60%
- 50-64: 73%
- 65+: 92%
- Total population: 58%
54.4% of Minnesota's total population, including children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine, has completed the vaccine series. That jumps to 64.4% when excluding kids under the age of 12. MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.
Through August 10, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 344 (up from 333 reported Tuesday).
Of those hospitalized, 96 people were in intensive care and 248 were receiving non-ICU treatment. It's the highest level of COVID-19 hospitalizations since May 24-26.
Testing and positivity rates.
The 1,632 positive results in Wednesday's update were from 22,551 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 7.23%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 4.81%, which has been rising as the Delta variant spreads, having recently been below 1%.
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 keep the economy open. That 5% threshold is based on total positives divided by total tests.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers
- Total tests: 10,870,599 (up from 10,848,125)
- People tested: 4,751,261 (up from 4,736,898)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,219,639 (up from 3,214,610)
- People who have completed vaccine series: 3,028,910 (up from 3,025,683)
- Positive cases: 622,216 (up from 620,591)
- Deaths: 7,715 – 425 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,705)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 607,480 (up from 606,738)
* 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.