Tuesday’s COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 995 new cases and 11 new deaths.
The number of victims in the country is 7174 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 61% (4371) are residents of long-term care, including one of the last 11 deaths.
By May 2, the state announced that 2,589,206 people had received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 1,991,815 people had completed their vaccine series, although those numbers had barely changed since yesterday’s update, suggesting that there may be a backlog in data reporting.
Fifty-nine percent of Minnesotans over the age of 16 received at least one shot, while 87% of the population over the age of 65 had at least one dose of vaccine. Overall, 46% of the state’s population had had at least one dose.
MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota and you can see it here.
As of May 3, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 575, down from 576 on Monday, and continuing to decline from mid-April.
Of the 149 people hospitalized, they were in intensive care (compared to 155 reported on Friday), and 426 were receiving treatment outside the intensive care unit (compared to 421).
This is how hospital admissions in Minnesota have progressed since March 7.
- March 7: 223 (177 outside the intensive care unit, 46 intensive care units)
- March 13: 255 (194 outside the intensive care unit, 61 intensive care units)
- March 20: 324 (246 outside the intensive care unit, 78 intensive care units)
- March 27: 356 (264 outside ICU, 92 ICU)
- April 2: 439 (337 outside ICU, 112 ICU)
- April 8: 595 (461 outside ICU, 134 ICU)
- April 14: 699 (531 outside ICU, 168 ICU)
- April 20: 676 (483 outside ICU, 193 ICU)
- April 26: 641 (457 out of intensive care unit, 184 intensive care unit)
- May 2: 576 (421 outside ICU, 155 ICU)
- May 3: 575 (426 outside ICU, 149 ICU)
Degree of testing and positivity
The 995 the positive results in Tuesday’s update were from 13,840 completed tests, creating a test positivity level of 7.18%.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the test positive in Minnesota over the past seven days is 5.90%.
The World Health Organization recommends a positive percentage (total positive values divided by the total number of completed tests) below 5% for at least two weeks to open the economy safely. This 5% threshold is based on the overall positive results divided by the overall tests.
Coronavirus in Minnesota by numbers
- Total tests: 9,338,983 (compared to 9,327,363)
- Tested people: 4 064 210 (4,061,256)
- People with at least 1 vaccine: 2,589,206 (up of 2,585,053)
- People who have completed a series of vaccines: 1,991,815 (compared to 1,984,517)
- Positive cases: 581 335 (from 580 340)
- Death cases: 7,174 – 395 of which “probable *” (out of 7163)
- Patients who no longer need isolation: 560 733 (from 559,036)
* Probable deaths are patients who died after a positive test using the COVID-19 antigen test, which is considered less accurate than the more common PCR test.