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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, July 29

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Thursday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 551 new cases and three new deaths.

The state's death toll is 7,663 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 58.7% (4,502) were residents of long-term care.

As of July 27, the state reported that 3,146,721 (an increase of nearly 7,000 from Wednesday) people have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 2,989,960 people have completed their vaccine series.

The percentage of Minnesota's population with at least one shot, based on age group:

  • 12-15: 41%
  • 16-17: 52%
  • 18-49: 58%
  • 50-64: 72%
  • 65+: 91%
  • Total population: 57%

53.7% of Minnesota's total population, including children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine, has completed the vaccine series. That jumps to 63.6% when excluding kids under the age of 12. MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.


Through July 28, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 208 (up from 202 reported Wednesday). Of those hospitalized, 57 people were in intensive care and 151 were receiving non-ICU treatment.

The 57 ICU admissions are the most since June 7, and the 151 non-ICU admissions are the most since June 6.

Testing and positivity rates

The 551 positive results in Thursday's update were from 17,969 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 3.06%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 3.89%, which has been ticking up as the Delta variant spreads, having recently been below 1%.

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: 10,632,801 (up from 10,614,864)
  • People tested: 4,600,620 (up from 4,590,185)
  • People with at least 1 vaccine shot: 3,146,721 (up from 3,139,861)
  • People who have completed vaccine series: 2,989,960 (up from 2,985,227)
  • Positive cases: 612,001 (up from 611,458)
  • Deaths: 7,663 – 423 of which are "probable*" (up from 7,660)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 600,874 (up from 600,715)

* 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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