Wednesday’s COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 2,736 new cases and 41 recently reported deaths, though only 12 of the 41 occurred this month, while 29 others occurred as far back as June 2020.
The state’s death toll is 7,956 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 57.7% (4,597) were residents in long-term care.
On September 13, the state reported that 3,362,569 people had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,179,113 people had completed the vaccine series. Percentage of Minnesota 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: 60%
57.1% of Minnesota’s total population, including children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine, have completed the vaccine series. It jumps to 67.6% when excluding children under 12 years. MDH has a public dashboard for tracking vaccine courses in Minnesota, and you can see it here.
As of September 14, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 718 (down from 748 reported Tuesday).
Of the inpatients, 208 people are in intensive care, and 510 were in general hospital treatment. Even with the drop in 30 non-ICU cases from Tuesday’s report, it is still on par with the peak of the spring wave, which totaled 202 patients in intensive care and 517 people in general hospital care.
Here is how many people are hospitalized on the basis of regional location, although this does not mean that every patient has infected the virus in these specific regions, as they may have been redirected depending on available manned beds.
- Metro: 117 ICU, 283 non-ICU
- Central: 29 ICU, 69 non-ICU
- Southeast: 28 ICU, 37 non-ICU
- Northeast: 11 ICU, 36 non-ICU
- Northwest: 10 ICU, 19 non-ICU
- South Central: 8 ICU, 48 non-ICU
- Southwest: 1 ICU, 12 non-ICU
- West Central: 4 ICU, 6 non-ICU
Test and positivity.
The 2,736 positive results in Wednesday’s update were from 34,371 completed tests, which created a test positivity of 7.96%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s test positivity over the last seven days is 7.36%.
The World Health Organization recommends that a positive percentage (total positive divided by total tests performed) of less than 5% for at least two weeks is needed to safely keep the economy open.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by Number
- Total tests: 11,921,514 (up from 11,887,293)
- People tested: 5,326,408 (up from 5,308,481)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,362,569 (up from 3,359,990)
- Persons who have completed vaccine series: 3,179,113 (up from 3,175,317)
- Positive cases: 676,505 (up from 673,774)
- Deaths: Deaths: 7,956 – 454 of these are “probable *” (up from 7,915)
- Patients who no longer require isolation: 655,064 (up from 652,675)
* 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.