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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, March 24

COVID-19 updates are provided daily around 11 a.m.

Wednesday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,323 new cases and nine new deaths.

The seven new deaths increases the state's death toll to 6,798 over the course of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 62.5% (4,254) were residents of long-term care.

Through Mar. 22, the state reported that 1,454,834 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 862,955 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.

Hospitalizations

Through Mar. 23, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 332, which is up from 324 reported Monday. There were 223 people with COVID-19 admitted to hospitals in Minnesota on Mar. 6, so the numbers are rising.

Of those hospitalized, 93 were in intensive care (up from 87 reported Monday) and 239 were receiving non-ICU treatment (up from 237).

Testing and positivity rates

The 1,323 positive results in Wednesday's update were from 25,776 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 5.13%

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 4.85%.

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: 8,006,344 (up from 7,981,041)
  • People tested: 3,624,885 (up from 3,617,073)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 1,454,834 (up from 1,437,931)
  • People who have completed. vaccine series: 862,955 (up from 854,827)
  • Positive cases: 508,541 (up from 507,231)
  • Deaths: 6,798 – 370 of which are "probable*" (no change from 6,789)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 491,410 (up from 490,340)

* 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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