Monday’s COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 555 new cases and one new death.
The newly reported death brings the state’s total to 6,433 over the course of the pandemic. Of those deaths, 62.7% (4,038) were residents of long-term care, including Monday’s only reported death.
Through Feb. 20, the state reported that 759,747 people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 356,911 people have completed both doses of vaccine that are required for the vaccines’ maximum effect.
MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.
Two new variants of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Minnesota, including what was the first known case of the Brazil P.1 variant in the United States. That case involves a Minnesotan who traveled to Brazil. There are 8 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant. Both new strains are believed to be more transmissible.
Through Feb. 21, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 235 – down from 282 on Thursday.
Of those hospitalized, 48 were in intensive care – down from 59 on Thursday – and 187 were receiving non-ICU treatment.
Testing and positivity rates
The 555 positive results in Monday’s update were from a total of 17,666 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 3.14%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s test positivity rate over the past seven days is 3.25%. It’s around the same rate Minnesota had in September before a surge in cases boosted the rate to above 15% in November.
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.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers
- Total tests: 7,178,713 (up from 7,161,046)
- People tested: 3,422,813 (up from 3,417,125)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 759,747 (up from 754,602)
- People with 2 vaccine shots: 356,911 (up from 341,332)
- Positive cases: 479,591 (up from 479,036)
- Deaths: 6,433 – 270 of which are “probable*” (up from 6,432)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 466,311 (up from 465,382)
* 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.