COVID-19 in Minnesota: 66 new deaths, 2,019 cases reported

Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported 66 new deaths from COVID-19 and 2,019 newly reported positive COVID-19 tests.

Meanwhile, as of Wednesday, there have been a total of 38,284 COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Minnesota, according to MDH.

According to vaccine distribution data from MDH, there have been 169,650 doses of the Pfizer vaccine allocated from the CDC and distributed to providers as of Wednesday. Additionally, there have been 127,700 doses of the Moderna vaccine allocated from the CDC and distributed to providers as of Wednesday. According to MDH, 277 provider sites have received vaccine doses, as of Wednesday.

A total of 37,654 cumulative Pfizer vaccinations have been administered, as of Wednesday, while a total of 589 cumulative Moderna vaccinations have been administered. Additionally, there are 41 attributed to "Unknown/missing vaccine type," according to MDH.

Of the 2,019 newly reported cases, 312 of them are noted as probable cases, according to MDH. A total of 13,944 probable cases have been reported since antigen testing began in September.

So far, 5,262 people have died from the coronavirus in Minnesota. Of those deaths, 162 are listed as probable COVID-19 deaths. Of the total deaths reported as of Wednesday, 3,394 were in long-term care facilities.

To date, 21,748 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Minnesota and 4,597 patients have been in the ICU.

According to MDH, the new positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota reported on Wednesday moved the state’s total to 413,107 since pandemic record-keeping began.

A total of 395,679 patients have recovered or are recovering and no longer need isolation, according to MDH.

As of Wednesday, more than 5.52 million COVID-19 tests have been completed in Minnesota.

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According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the virus has infected more than 82.1 million people worldwide and killed over 1.79 million people.

About 46.4 million people worldwide have recovered as of Wednesday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients with confirmed COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory problems, with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some patients report a loss of smell and/or taste and having muscle aches, headache, sore throat, and/or chills and shaking.

Note: According to MDH – "Because all data are preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths."

Editor’s note: An earlier version of the story said there were 1,707 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the state. Those cases were newly confirmed cases and did not take the 312 newly reported probable cases into account. The story has been updated to reflect there is a new reported total of 2,019 cases.