Minnesota recorded six more COVID-19 fatalities Tuesday and added 922 more cases, according to the state Department of Health.
The death toll is now 5,945 with another 68 fatalities suspected to be caused by the coronavirus, but the person never had a positive test. Those whose deaths were reported Tuesday ranged in age from their early 70s to their late 90s with four living in long-term care and two in private homes.
Minnesota has now recorded 448,268 coronavirus infections since the pandemic began. The state has screened nearly 6.2 million samples from 3.15 million residents for a cumulative test positivity rate of 7.2 percent.
Of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, there are 431,096 people who have recovered enough they no longer need to be isolated. Since March, 23,517 have been hospitalized with 4,895 needing critical care.
Minnesota is increasing its coronavirus vaccination push as more doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines become available. Starting at noon Tuesday, seniors can schedule appointments at eight community sites around the state to be vaccinated.
Details are at www.mn.gov/vaccine and appointments are expected to be very limited until more vaccine is made available from the federal government.
The state has administered at least one dose to 200,130 people and 38,258 have received both doses, which is required for maximum effectiveness.
Minnesota has used roughly 46.2 percent of the doses allocated by the federal government. Of the 626,925 doses allocated so far about 407,575 have been shipped including 109,100 that are reserved for a federal effort to vaccinate residents and workers of long-term care.
Minnesota has roughly 5.6 million residents and the state has vaccinated 3.6 percent of them so far.