Friday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 2,645 new cases and 13 newly reported deaths, 12 occurring in September and one backlogged from February. A person aged in their 30s from Benton County was among the victims in today's report. 

The state's death toll is 7,983 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 57.7% (4,601) were residents of long-term care.

As of Sept. 15, the state reported that 3,368,735 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,187,694 people have completed the vaccine series. The percentage of Minnesota's population with at least one shot, based on age group:

  • 12-15: 53%
  • 16-17: 59%
  • 18-49: 63%
  • 50-64: 75%
  • 65+: 91%
  • Total population: 61%

57.3% of Minnesota's total population, including children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine, has completed the vaccine series. That jumps to 67.8% when excluding kids under the age of 12. MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.

Hospitalizations

Through Sept. 16, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 719 (level with the 719 reported Thursday). Of those hospitalized, 211 people are in intensive care and 508 were in general hospital care. 

Here's how many people are hospitalized based on regional location, though this doesn't mean that each patient contracted the virus in these specific regions, as they may have been diverted depending upon available staffed beds.

  • Metro: 110 ICU, 272 non-ICU
  • Central: 36 ICU, 58 non-ICU
  • Southeast: 23 ICU, 51 non-ICU
  • Northeast: 13 ICU, 36 non-ICU
  • Northwest: 11 ICU, 20 non-ICU
  • South Central: 10 ICU, 44 non-ICU
  • Southwest: 2ICU, 18 non-ICU
  • West Central: 6 ICU, 9 non-ICU

Testing and positivity rates.

The 2,645 positive results in Friday's update were from 48,578 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 5.44%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 7.67%.

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 keep the economy open.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 12,005,921 (up from 11,959,420)
  • People tested: 5,371,790 (up from 5,347,429)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,368,735 (up from 3,365,253)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 3,187,694 (up from 3,183,017)
  • Positive cases: 681,613 (up from 678,978)
  • Deaths: 7,983 – 454 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,970)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 657,145 (up from 656,149)

* 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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