MINNEAPOLIS — Following are the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Wednesday, Feb. 24. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 761
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 13.3 (as of Monday, Feb. 15)
  • TOTAL CASES: 480,845

  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 467,969
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 3.7% (as of Monday, Feb. 15)

Minnesota Department of Health Assistant Commissioner Dan Huff warned Wednesday that infection rates are increasing in northwest, south-central and west-central Minnesota. His words came amid a new recommendation from the department for the families of school children, who are increasingly returning to their class rooms, to test for COVID-19 once every two weeks.

Hospitalizations, deaths

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  • NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 292

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 25,579

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 9

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 6,443

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 770,021 people, or 13.8% of the state population

  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 370,981 people, or 6.7% of the state population

Federal health authorities on Wednesday said a vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson that requires only one dose is safe and effective. It was unclear when the vaccine will be available in Minnesota, but Minnesota Health Department Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann said Wednesday that "we expect that it should be in the short term."

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