Note: Today's update includes cumulative data from Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Some data may appear larger than a typical single day of reporting. 

Tuesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 6,203 new cases and 11 newly reported deaths, all of them occurring this month. 

The state's death toll is 8,109 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 57.2% (4,628) were residents of long-term care.

As of Sept. 23, the state reported that 3,396,209 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,225,345 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%

58% 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 68.6% 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. 27, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 767 (up from the 755 reported Monday). Of those hospitalized, 196 people are in intensive care and 571 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: 105 ICU, 291 non-ICU
  • Central: 31 ICU, 75 non-ICU
  • Southeast: 26 ICU, 57 non-ICU
  • Northeast: 10 ICU, 54 non-ICU
  • Northwest: 12 ICU, 18 non-ICU
  • South Central: 6 ICU, 43 non-ICU
  • Southwest: 3 ICU, 15 non-ICU
  • West Central: 3 ICU, 18 non-ICU

Testing and positivity rates.

The 6,203 positive results in Tuesday's update were from 100,025 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 6.20%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 7.27%.

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: 12,427,807 (up from 12,327,958)
  • People tested: 5,599,254 (up from 5,542,899)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,396,209 (up from 3,389,798)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 3,225,345 (up from 3,217,061)
  • Positive cases: 706,158 (up from 699,966)
  • Deaths: 8,109 – 463 of which are "probable*" (up from 8,098)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 680,339 (up from 672,634)

* 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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