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Weekly updates: COVID-19 cases, deaths, hospitalizations in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) releases updated numbers for COVID-19 in the state each week.

ST PAUL, Minn. — Starting June 30, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) now releases data on a weekly basis regarding the status of COVID-19 across the state. MDH will now update data each Thursday at 11 a.m. CT. Each data category now has its own specific page with deeper breakdowns based on location, age, gender and other factors.

State vaccination data is also available on separate MDH dashboard.

Here's the latest data for Minnesota as of Thursday, Aug. 18.  


  • Total positive COVID-19 cases (including reinfections): 1,621,194
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  • Total COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota: 13,044


  • Total COVID-19 hospitalizations: 69,831
  • Cases requiring ICU treatment: 12,292


  • Minnesotans with one dose: 3,971,507 (71.4% of total population)
  • Minnesotans with completed series: 3,746,930 (67.3%)
  • Minnesotans boosted/up-to-date: 1,772,094 (31.9%)


In late February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines for masking based on county community levels. The latest CDC data and map can be viewed here.

Maps were last updated Aug. 11.

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The state of Minnesota operates several community testing locations. Find a full list here. Five COVID testing sites in Brooklyn Park, MSP Airport, Moorhead, St. Paul-Midway Duluth were converted to test-to-treat locations. At these five sites, higher-risk Minnesotans who test positive for COVID are eligible to receive a prescription for the antiviral drug Paxlovid.

RELATED: Need a COVID test? Here's where you can get one through the state

The Biden Administration is also making free at-home COVID-19 tests available for home delivery through the U.S. Postal Service. Go to this link to place an order: How to order a second round of free at-home COVID-19 tests

The state is also providing free, at-home COVID-19 test kits to Minnesotans. Here's how to order: Minnesota to provide free at-home COVID test kits


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