MDH: 15 new COVID-19 deaths, 658 new cases

The Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday reported there were 15 new deaths from COVID-19 and 658 newly reported positive COVID-19 tests.

Meanwhile, there have been a total of 4.91 million COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Minnesota, with 2.67 million receiving the Pfizer vaccine, over 2 million receiving the Moderna vaccine and 220,009 receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to MDH. Another 20 vaccinations are considered "unknown/missing" in the data.

So far, over 2.36 million people have completed the vaccine series, according to MDH data.

Of the 658 newly reported cases, 140 of them are noted as probable cases, according to MDH. A total of 42,447 probable cases have been reported since antigen testing began in September.

So far, 7,325 people have died from the coronavirus in Minnesota. Of those deaths, 406 are listed as probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 4,395 long-term care facility deaths have been reported.

To date, 31,584 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Minnesota and 6,424 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 596,186 since pandemic record-keeping began. A total of 581,861 patients have recovered or are recovering and no longer need isolation.

As of Wednesday, over 9.7 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 164.3 million people worldwide and killed over 3.40 million people.

Over 1.52 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide 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."