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Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes 16,204 newly reported cases and 36 newly reported deaths, including a person aged 25-29 from Dakota County. The state's COVID-19 death toll is now 10,600.

Today's report includes data that was reported in a 96-hour holiday period ending at 4 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, so the numbers are inflated compared to a single day of reporting. 

Minnesota's test positivity rate on a 7-day rolling average (through Dec. 27) is 12.0%, Anything over 10% puts Minnesota in the high-risk threshold for community transmission of the coronavirus.

Hospitalizations

Through Jan. 3, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 1,370 – up from the 1,313 reported on Dec. 30. Of those hospitalized, 293 people are in intensive care (up from 283) and 1,077 are in non-ICU care (up from 1,030).

The most ICU patients during the duration of the pandemic was 399 on Dec. 1, 2020.

The latest hospital capacity data shows there are 30 staffed adult ICU beds available in the entire state – down from 32 on Dec. 30 – and 11 pediatric ICU beds available, which is down from 13 on Dec. 30.

Vaccine, booster stats

As of Jan. 2, the state reported that 3,761,946 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,526,903 people have completed the vaccine series. The state has administered 1,749,899 third doses/booster shots.

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

  • 5-11: 32%
  • 12-15: 63%
  • 16-17: 66%
  • 18-49: 70%
  • 50-64: 79%
  • 65+: 97%
  • Total population: 67.6%

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

  • 5-11: 24%
  • 12-15: 58%
  • 16-17: 62%
  • 18-49: 65%
  • 50-64: 77%
  • 65+: 93%
  • Total population: 63.4%

According to the CDC, which cites data from September 2021, an unvaccinated person was 5.8 times more likely to get COVID-19 and 14 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than someone who is fully vaccinated.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 16,310,438 (up from 16,223,715)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,761,946 (up from 3,753,519)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 3,526,903 (up from 3,519,232)
  • People who have had a booster/3rd shot: 1,749,899 (up from 1,712,538)
  • Positive cases: 1,045,170 (up from 1,028,986)
  • Reinfection cases: 16,621(up from 14,701)
  • Deaths: 10,600 – 647 of which are "probable*" (up from 10,564)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 1,003,411 (up from 985,275)

* 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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