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The daily coronavirus update: more than 900,000 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of vaccine

The Minnesota Department of Health also reported 443 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.

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Here are the latest updates from March 2, 2021:

Four more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday, for a total of 6,490.

Of the people whose deaths were announced Tuesday, two were in their 90s, one in their 80s and one was in their 70s. One of the 4 people whose deaths announced Tuesday was a resident of a long-term care facility.

MDH also said Tuesday there have been 485,655 total cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota. That number is up 443 from the total announced on Monday and is based on 10,915 new tests. The most recent seven-day positivity rate, which lags by a week, is 3.5 percent. You can find the seven-day positive case average here.

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The state reports 908,590 people in Minnesota, or 16.3 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 472,789 Minnesotans have received two doses. 

Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann said the state recommends Minnesotans take any federally approved vaccine made available to them, including the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was approved over the weekend by the FDA for emergency use.

The most recent data available show 57 Minnesotans are hospitalized in intensive care with COVID-19, and 186 are in the hospital with COVID-19 not in intensive care. You can find more information about Minnesota’s current ICU usage and capacity here.

More information on cases can be found here.

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MDH’s coronavirus website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

MDH’s phone line for COVID-19 questions, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m: 651-297-1304