Minnesota surpasses 6K COVID-19 deaths, nears 250K vaccinations

The Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday reported 32 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the state’s total past 6,000 over the course of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, there have been a total of 246,364 COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Minnesota, with 69.6% (171,526) receiving the Pfizer vaccine and 30.3% (74,765) receiving the Moderna vaccine, according to MDH. Another 73 vaccinations are considered "unknown/missing" in the data.

Of the 1,292 newly reported cases, 205 of them are noted as probable cases, according to MDH. A total of 18,450 probable cases have been reported since antigen testing began in September.

So far, 6,011 people have died from the coronavirus in Minnesota. Of those deaths, 226 are listed as probable COVID-19 deaths. Of the total deaths reported as of Thursday, 3,825 were in long-term care facilities.

To date, 23,676 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Minnesota and 4,926 patients have been in the ICU.

According to MDH, the new positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota reported on Thursday moved the state’s total to 450,762 since pandemic record-keeping began.

A total of 433,722 patients have recovered or are recovering and no longer need isolation, according to MDH.

As of Thursday, approximately 6.24 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 97 million people worldwide and killed over 2 million people.

About 53.5 million people worldwide have recovered as of Thursday.

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."