Sunday’s COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 779 new cases and a total of seven deaths.
The recently reported deaths bring the state’s total value to 6,376 during the pandemic. Of these deaths, 62.8% (4,016) were residents in long-term care, including two of the seven reported Sunday
Through Feb. 12, the state reported that 661,187 people have received at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 227,551 people have completed both doses of the vaccine needed for the maximum effect of the vaccines.
MDH has a public dashboard for tracking vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can see it here.
Two new variants of 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 thought to be more transmissible.
Admission data is not updated on weekends.
Through February 11, the number of people with COVID-19 was admitted to Minnesota 326 – a small increase of 320 the day before. Of the hospitals admitted, 73 were in intensive care (down from 78), and 253 received non-ICU treatment (up from 242).
Across the country, there were 161 manned ICU beds available. In the November increase, the state had fewer than 100 manned ICU beds available. The number of beds available depends on the number of available staff, so the totals are constantly changing.
Test and positivity
The 779 positive results in Sunday’s update were from a total of 27,155 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 2.86%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s test positivity rate over the last seven days is 3.25%, making it one of the lowest rates in the country.
The World Health Organization recommends that a one percent positive rate (total positive divided by total tests performed) of less than 5% for at least two weeks is needed to safely reopen the economy. This 5% threshold is based on total positives divided by total tests.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by the numbers
- Total tests: 6,971,879 (up from 6,944,687)
- People tested: 3,365,599 (up from 3,356,005)
- People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 661,187 (up from 641,844)
- People with 2 vaccine shots: 227,551 (up from 209,010)
- Positive cases: 473,567 (up from 472,791)
- Deaths: Deaths: 6,376 – of which 265 are “probable *” (up from 6,369)
- Patients who no longer need isolation: 459,525 (up from 458,492)
* 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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