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Sunday COVID update includes data from Friday and Saturday

Despite nearly 100,000 tests, only 2.81% were positive.

Sunday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes data from New Year's Day and Jan,. 2, and the combined total from both days includes 53 deaths and more than 2,700 new laboratory-confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. 

There have now been 5,430 deaths from the virus during the pandemic, of which (64.4%) (3,499) came from long-term care, including 35 of the 53 reported Sunday.

Minnesota has yet to confirm the new variant of the coronavirus that is circulating in Europe and other parts of the world.

The state is now providing updates for how many people have received the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. Through Dec. 27, the state says 57,017 people have been vaccinated in Minnesota, the large majority of whom are healthcare workers who have received the Pfizer vaccine.

Hospitalizations

Hospitalization figures aren't updated at weekends. On Dec. 30, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota stood at 895.

Of those hospitalized, 196 were in intensive care, and 699 were receiving non-ICU treatment.

Testing and positivity rates

The 2,714 positive results in Sunday's update were from a total of 96,425 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 2.81%. The positives and tests are from Friday and Saturday, thus the higher numbers. 

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 reopen the economy. That 5% threshold is based on total positives divided by total tests.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.62%, with Minnesota no longer one of the states with a 7-day positive rate below 5%, having achieved that mark for a few days last week.

Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers

  • Total tests: 5,713,240 (up from 5,616,567)
  • People tested: 3,017,309 (up from 2,982,853)
  • Positive cases: 420,544 (up from 417,832)
  • Deaths: 5,430 – 182 of which are "probable*" (up from 5,377)
  • Active cases: 11,695 (positives subtracted by patients out of isolation and deaths)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 403,419 (up from 398,199)
  • Total people vaccinated: 57,017 (no change from 57,017)

* 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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