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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, March 17

The latest on the state's COVID-19 situation.

Wednesday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,046 new cases and seven new deaths.

The newly reported deaths brings the state's total to 6,756 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 63% (4,243) were residents of long-term care.

Through Mar. 15, the state reported that 1,284,612 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 746,829 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. 16, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 282, which is up from 257 reported Tuesday. 

Of those hospitalized, 67 were in intensive care (up from 64) and 215 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 193).

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,046 positive results in Wednesday's update were from 21,047 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.99%

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 4.34%.

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: 7,805,641 (up from 7,785,093)
  • People tested: 3,565,769 (up from 3,562,004)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,284,612 (up from 1,265,430)
  • People with 2 vaccine shots: 746,829 (up from 729,294)
  • Positive cases: 498,926 (up from 498,926)
  • Deaths: 6,756 – 369 of which are "probable*" (up from 6,749)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 484,819 (up from 483,942)

* 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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