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Thursday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 4,827 newly reported cases and 32 newly reported deaths, including someone aged 20-24 from Carlton County. 

Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll is 9,125. There have now been 13 Minnesotans under the age of 25 to die from COVID-19. Earlier this week the state reported the second death of a teenager (aged 15-19). 

The state's test positivity rate on a 7-day rolling average (through Nov. 10) is 10.7%, which is up from 10.5% Nov. 9. 

Vaccine, booster stats

As of Nov. 16, the state reported that 3,571,831 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,333,518 people have completed the vaccine series. The state has administered 760,272 third doses/booster shots.

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

  • 5-11: 12%
  • 12-15: 60%
  • 16-17: 64%
  • 18-49: 68%
  • 50-64: 78%
  • 65+: 96%
  • Total population: 64.2%

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

  • 5-11: 0%
  • 12-15: 55%
  • 16-17: 60%
  • 18-49: 63%
  • 50-64: 75%
  • 65+: 93%
  • Total population: 59.9%


Through Nov. 17, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 1,381 – down from 1,382 reported Nov. 15. Of those hospitalized, 333 people are in intensive care and 1,048 are in non-ICU care.

Through Nov. 16, there were only 37 staffed ICU beds available in the entire state, including none in the central region and just seven in the metro region. 

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Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 14,402,065 (up from 14,348,804)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,571,831 (up from 3,562,569)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 3,333,518 (up from 3,331,979)
  • People who have had a booster/3rd shot: 760,272 (up from 734,409)
  • Positive cases: 866,055 (up from 861,235)
  • Reinfection cases: 9,531 (up from 9,433)
  • Deaths: 9,125 – 536 of which are "probable*" (up from 9,093)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 822,882 (up from 820,787)

* 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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