ST PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 1,267 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, and 17 additional deaths.
MDH's COVID-19 case definition includes both antigen testing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. Positive PCR test results are considered confirmed cases, while positive antigen test results are considered probable cases.
Wednesday's new case total includes 1,024 confirmed cases and 243 probable cases.
The total number of Minnesotans who have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began is now 582,576, with 39,940 of those as antigen test results.
MDH says 17 new deaths from the virus were reported. The total number of fatalities in Minnesota is 7,191.
To date, 30,691 Minnesotans have been hospitalized with the coronavirus since the pandemic started, with 6,246 of them needing care in the ICU.
MDH reports that 562,376 people once diagnosed with the virus have passed the point where they are required to isolate.
As for the state's vaccination effort, MDH says 2,598,871 people in the state have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That's about 58.9% of Minnesota's eligible population. Of that group, 2,007,668 are fully vaccinated — about 45.5% of the eligible population.
Of those who have tested positive, people between the ages of 20-24 account for the most cases with 56,561 cases and four deaths, and ages 25-29 follow with 51,718 cases and seven deaths. Those between 85 and 89 years old account for the highest number of fatalities in one age group with 1,322 out of 6,672 diagnosed cases.
In terms of likely exposure to the coronavirus, MDH says 135,488
cases were the result of community transmission with no known contact with an infected person, and 122,908 had known contact with a person who has a confirmed case.
A total of 41,760 cases involved exposure in a congregate care setting,
8,730 were in a corrections setting, and 1,299 were in a homeless shelter. MDH data shows 23,491 were linked to an outbreak outside of congregate living or health care.
MDH says 41,240 cases were linked to travel. Health care workers or patients account for 16,251 diagnosed COVID-19 cases. The source of transmission for 191,409 cases is still unknown or missing.
MDH has prioritized testing for people in congregate care, hospitalized patients and health care workers, which may impact the scale of those numbers. However, now MDH is urging anyone who is symptomatic or even asymptomatic to be tested. Testing locations can be found online.
Hennepin County has had the most COVID activity in the state with 120,831 cases and 1,715 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with 50,357 cases and 867 deaths, Dakota County with 45,046 cases and 442 deaths, and Anoka County with 40,774 cases and 432 deaths.
Full data, including a breakdown of PCR and antigen test totals in some categories, can be found on MDH's website.
The Minnesota Department of Health has said repeatedly that the number of lab-confirmed cases is only the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to the true number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
The state of Minnesota has set up a data portal at mn.gov/covid19.
The first case in Minnesota was confirmed on March 6, 2020.
Wisconsin's Department of Health Services (WDHS) reported 639 new cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 600,936.
Wisconsin reported 13 new deaths Wednesday, bringing the state's total to 6,863. That's about 1.1% of people who had the virus.
All Wisconsin residents 16 years and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as of April 5. To find a local vaccine provider, go to the COVID-19 vaccine provider map or visit the Vaccine Finder website.
More than 2.5 million Wisconsin residents have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
Wisconsin health officials say a total of 29,600 people have been hospitalized from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, about 4.9% of the total number of people who have been diagnosed with the virus.
Of the confirmed cases in Wisconsin, 18.7% involve people between the ages of 20 to 29, 15.6% are between 30 and 39, 15.2% are between 50 and 59, and 14.2% are 40 to 49. An estimated 11.9% are between 10 and 19, and 10.8% are between 60 and 69.
As of Wednesday, Milwaukee County reported the largest number of confirmed cases with 105,379, along with 1,300 deaths. Dane County has reported 44,404 confirmed cases and 302 deaths, Waukesha County has reported 43,663 confirmed cases and 525 deaths, and Brown County has reported 31,476 cases and 241 deaths.
A more detailed breakdown of cases by county can be found on the DHS website.
The first positive case of COVID-19 in Wisconsin was reported in a patient in Dane County in early February 2020.
On Feb. 18, WDHS announced that it will be launching a new service that will let people know when and where they can get vaccinated as well as allow them to schedule an appointment. The Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry started on March 1.
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