Saturday’s COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,030 new cases and 17 new deaths.
The newly reported deaths bring the state’s total to 6,290 over the course of the pandemic. Of those deaths, 63.3% (3,960) were residents of long-term care, including seven of the 17 reported Saturday.
Through Feb. 4, the state reported that 525,236 people have received at least 1 dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine while 147,321 people have completed both doses of vaccine that are required for the vaccines’ full 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 recently traveled to Brazil. There are 8 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant. Both new strains are believed to be more transmissible.
Hospital data is not updated on weekends.
Through Feb. 4, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 362. Of those hospitalized, 82 were in intensive care, and 280 were receiving non-ICU treatment.
Statewide, there were 150 staffed ICU beds available. During the November surge the state had fewer than 100 staffed ICU beds available. The number of available beds is dependent on the number of available staff, so the totals are constantly changing.
Testing and positivity rates
The 1,030 positive results in Saturday’s update were from a total of 34,448 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 2.99%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s test positivity rate over the past seven days is 3.49%, making it one of the lowest rates in the country.
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: 6,751,744 (up from 6,717,419)
- People tested: 3,305,989 (up from 3,296,876)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 525,236 (up from 497,843)
- People with 2 vaccine shots: 147,321 (up from 138,212)
- Positive cases: 467,217 (up from 466,224)
- Deaths: 6,289 – 261 of which are “probable*” (up from 6,273)
- Patients no longer requiring isolation: 452,183 (up from 450,924)
* 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.