Minnesota reports 779 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths Sunday

State health officials reported 779 new cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths Sunday.

Minnesota has now seen a total of 473,567 COVID-19 cases since the first infection was reported in the state last March, according to the latest MDH data. 

The 779 newly reported cases were out of 27,155 tests—a 2.8% positivity rate. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Thursday the state’s rolling average test positivity rate is now 3.9%, the lowest it has been since June 27. Anything over 5% is a concern for MDH. 

Death toll rises to 6,376 

State health officials reported seven more deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll from the disease to 6,376. 

Two of the deaths were people who lived in long-term care or assisted living facilities. Minnesota has now surpassed more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths in long-term care or assisted living facilities. 

Vaccine rollout continues

Over 30% of people age 65 and older in Minnesota have now received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the latest data from the state Department of Health shows. 

Approximately 661,187 people in Minnesota have received at least the first dose of the vaccine and 227,551 people are fully vaccinated, which is roughly 14.4% and 4.2% of the state’s adult population respectively. Vaccination reporting lags by a few days.