Saturday's COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes 43 deaths and more than 2,400 new cases.
The newly reported deaths bring the state's total to 5,663 over the course of the pandemic, of which 64.1% (3,626) were residents of long-term care, including 21 of the 43 reported Saturday.
Minnesota has yet to confirm either of the mutant variants of the coronavirus that are circulating in Europe and South Africa. The variant found in Europe has however been confirmed in multiple U.S. states and Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that it is "probably" already in Minnesota.
Meanwhile, the state reported Saturday that 119,744 people have been vaccinated with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The state has received and distributed 396,350 doses.
Hospital admissions are not updated on weekends.
Through Jan. 7, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 759, which is down from 787 reported on Jan. 6. It's the lowest number of COVID admissions since Nov. 1.
Of those hospitalized, 130 (down from 135) were in intensive care, and 629 (down from 652) were receiving non-ICU treatment. It's the fewest COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Minnesota since Oct. 15.
Statewide, there were 150 staffed ICU beds available. During the November surge the state had fewer than 100 staffed ICU beds available.
Testing and positivity rates
The 2,489 positive results in Saturday's update were from a total of 42,434 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 5.8%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 6.76%, which is trending back up this week.
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: 5,895,442 (up from 5,852,830)
- People tested: 3,067,884 (up from 3,054,379)
- Positive cases: 434,413 (up from 431,944)
- Deaths: 5,663 – 200 of which are "probable*" (up from 5,620)
- Active cases: 16,204 (down from 16,597)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 412,546 (up from 409,727)
- Total people vaccinated: 119,744 (up from 104,226)
* 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.