Note from the MDH: "Just sending a quick note to inform you that case numbers for today and tomorrow are impacted by a reporting issue with one external lab. Specifically, we removed 349 previously reported positive cases that were in fact associated with negative test results and added 47 positive cases that were not properly reported as positive test results initially. Case totals will be adjusted to correct this error."

Thursday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 2,434 new cases and 24 newly reported deaths, 21 of the 24 occurring this month. 

The state's death toll is 8,049 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 57.5% (4,612) were residents of long-term care.

As of Sept. 21, the state reported that 3,384,566 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,209,993 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%

57.7% 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 68.3% 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. 22, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 777 (down from the 794 reported Wednesday). Of those hospitalized, 214 people are in intensive care and 563 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: 117 ICU, 311 non-ICU
  • Central: 33 ICU, 68 non-ICU
  • Southeast: 25 ICU, 62 non-ICU
  • Northeast: 13 ICU, 33 non-ICU
  • Northwest: 13 ICU, 25 non-ICU
  • South Central: 7 ICU, 43 non-ICU
  • Southwest: 5 ICU, 10 non-ICU
  • West Central: 1 ICU, 11 non-ICU

Testing and positivity rates.

The 2,434 positive results in Thursday's update were from 48,037 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 5.06%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 7.47%.

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: 12,229,396 (up from 12,181,290)
  • People tested: 5,490,650 (up from 5,465,845)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,384,566 (up from 3,381,502)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 3,209,993 (up from 3,205,863)
  • Positive cases: 694,320 (up from 692,029)
  • Deaths: 8,049 – 457 of which are "probable*" (up from 8,025)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 668,574 (up from 667,488)

* 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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