Wednesday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 922 new cases and nine new deaths.
The newly reported deaths brings the state's total to 6,705 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 63% (4,224) were residents of long-term care, including four of the latest nine deaths.
Through Mar. 7, the state reported that 1,086,936 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 602,623 people have completed both doses of vaccine that are required for the vaccines' maximum effect.
MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.
Through Mar. 9, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 243, which is up from 231 reported Tuesday.
Of those hospitalized, 64 are in intensive care (up from 50) and 179 are receiving non-ICU treatment (down from 181).
Testing and positivity rates
The 922 positive results in Tuesday's update were from 20,704 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.45%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 2.48%.
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: 7,627,320 (up from 7,606,434)
- People tested: 3,533,579
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: Wednesday update TBD (up from 1,086,936)
- People with 2 vaccine shots: Wednesday update TBD (up from 602,623)
- Positive cases: 493,013 (up from 492,108)
- Deaths: 6,705 – 368 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,696)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 479,267 (up from 478,422)
* 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.