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Friday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes 538 newly reported cases and 9 newly reported deaths. The state's COVID-19 death toll is now 12,321.

Today's update includes case data that was reported in a 24-hour period ending at 4 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 17.

Minnesota's test positivity rate on a 7-day rolling average (through March 10) was 3.0%, having been as high as 23.7% on Jan. 21. Anything over 10% puts Minnesota in the high-risk threshold for community transmission of the coronavirus.


Through Mar. 17, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 288 – up from the 263 reported on Mar. 16. Of those hospitalized, 40 people are in intensive care (up from 32) and 244 are in non-ICU care (up from 231).

Vaccine, booster stats

As of Mar. 15, the state reported that 3,887,607 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,674,568 people have completed the vaccine series. There are 2,544,291 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: 80%
  • 65+: 97%
  • Total population: 69.9%

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

  • 5-11: 37%
  • 12-15: 62%
  • 16-17: 65%
  • 18-49: 68%
  • 50-64: 78%
  • 65+: 93%
  • Total population: 66.0%

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 19,124,066 (up from 19,101,822)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,887,607
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 3,674,568
  • People who are up to date with their vaccine series (inc. boosters): 2,544,291
  • Positive cases: 1,424,613 (up from 1,424,107)
  • Reinfection cases: 62,387 (up from 62,322)
  • Deaths: 12,321 – 210 of which are *non-laboratory confirmed* (up from 12,312)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 1,408,700 (up from 1,408,424)

* 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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Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, March 16

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Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, March 14

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Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, March 21

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Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, March 31

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