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Friday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes 1,979 newly reported cases and five newly reported deaths. The state's COVID-19 death toll is now 12,508.

Today's update includes case data that was reported in a 24-hour period ending at 4 a.m. Thursday, April 28.

The coronavirus variant that is currently dominant in Minnesota is the BA.2 version of omicron. According to the latest Metropolitan Council wastewater data, 93% of samples in the 7-county metro area are BA.2 and 6% (as of April 17) are the original omicron strain, BA.1.


Through April 28, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 276 – down from the 294 reported on April 27. Of those hospitalized, 22 people are in intensive care (down from 23) and 254 are in non-ICU care (down from 261).

Vaccine, booster stats

As of April 27, the state reported that 3,906,543 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,699,678 people have completed the vaccine series. There are 2,556,840 Minnesotans who are "up to date" with their vaccine shots, which includes boosters.

The percentage of Minnesota's population with at least one shot, based on age group:

  • 5-11: 41%
  • 12-15: 66%
  • 16-17: 69%
  • 18-49: 73%
  • 50-64: 81%
  • 65+: 96%
  • Total population: 70.2%

The percentage of Minnesota's population that have completed the vaccine series, based on age group:

  • 5-11: 38%
  • 12-15: 62%
  • 16-17: 65%
  • 18-49: 68%
  • 50-64: 78%
  • 65+: 93%
  • Total population: 66.5%

The percentage of Minnesota's population up to date with vaccines, based on age group:

  • 5-11: 38%
  • 12-15: 25%
  • 16-17: 31%
  • 18-49: 40%
  • 50-64: 56%
  • 65+: 83%
  • Total population: 45.9%

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,906,543 (up from 3,905,972)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 3,699,678 (up from 3,698,926)
  • People up to date with their vaccine series: 2,556,840 (no change)
  • Positive cases: 1,452,547 (up from 1,450,575)
  • Reinfection cases: 65,478
  • Deaths: 12,508 – 270 of which are *non-laboratory confirmed* (up from 12,503)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 1,429,059 (up from 1,428,770)

* Non-laboratory confirmed deaths are patients have COVID-19 listed on the death certificate, but no documented positive laboratory test for SARS-CoV-2.

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