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Wednesday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes 575 newly reported cases and 17 newly reported deaths, including a person aged 20-24 from Stearns County. The state's COVID-19 death toll is now 12,238.

Today's update includes case data that was reported in a 24-hour period ending at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 8.

Minnesota's test positivity rate on a 7-day rolling average (through Feb. 28) was 4.0%, having been as high as 23.7% on Jan. 21. Anything over 10% puts Minnesota in the high-risk threshold for community transmission of the coronavirus.


Through Mar. 8, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 359 – down from the 366 reported on Mar. 7. Of those hospitalized, 48 people are in intensive care (up from 44) and 311 are in non-ICU care (down from 322).

it's the fewest non-ICU COVID patients since there were 311 on Aug. 15.

Vaccine, booster stats

As of Mar. 7, the state reported that 3,884,505 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,669,180 people have completed the vaccine series. The state has administered 2,162,324 third doses/booster shots.

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

  • 5-11: 40%
  • 12-15: 66%
  • 16-17: 68%
  • 18-49: 72%
  • 50-64: 80%
  • 65+: 97%
  • Total population: 69.8%

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

  • 5-11: 36%
  • 12-15: 61%
  • 16-17: 64%
  • 18-49: 68%
  • 50-64: 78%
  • 65+: 93%
  • Total population: 66.0%

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 18,957,028 (up from 18,938,860)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,884,505 (up from 3,883,726)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 3,669,180 (up from 3,668,047)
  • People who have had a booster/3rd shot: 2,162,324 (up from 2,160,448)
  • Positive cases: 1,420,720 (up from 1,420,149)
  • Reinfection cases: 61,956 (up from 61,738)
  • Deaths: 12,238 – 190 of which are *non-laboratory confirmed* (up from 12,221)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 1,404,071 (up from 1,403,236)

* Non-laboratory confirmed deaths are patients have COVID-19 listed on the death certificate, but no documented positive laboratory test for SARS-CoV-2.

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