Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, Feb. 3

The latest information from the Minnesota Department of Health.
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Wednesday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 669 new cases and 24 new deaths. 

The newly reported deaths bring the state's total to 6,234 over the course of the pandemic. Of those deaths, 63.3% (3,946) were residents of long-term care, including 14 of the 24 reported Wednesday.

Through Feb. 1, the state reported that 458,651 people have received at least 1 dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine while 122,597 people have completed both doses of vaccine that are required for the vaccines' full effect.

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

Two new variants of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Minnesota, including what was the first known case of the Brazil P.1 variant in the United States. That case involves a Minnesotan who recently traveled to Brazil. There are 8 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant. Both new strains are believed to be more transmissible.

Hospitalizations

Through Feb. 2, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 379. Of those hospitalized, 77 were in intensive care, and 302 were receiving non-ICU treatment.

Statewide, there were 159 staffed ICU beds available. During the November surge the state had fewer than 100 staffed ICU beds available. The number of available beds is dependent on the number of available staff, so the totals are constantly changing.

Testing and positivity rates

The 669 positive results in Wednesday's update were from a total of 21,408 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 3.12%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 3.61%, making it one of the lowest rates in the country.

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: 6,628,961 (up from 6,607,932)
  • People tested: 3,276,111 (up from 3,271,158)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 458,651 as of Feb. 1 (up from 447,610)
  • People with 2 vaccine shots: 122,597 as of Feb. 1 (up from 116,928)
  • Positive cases: 463,766 (up from 463,132)
  • Deaths: 6,234 – 254 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,210)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 449,707 (up from 448,595)

* 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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