- Associated Press - Sunday, April 18, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 1,847 new COVID-19 cases and 15 new deaths due to complications from the coronavirus.

The update lifted the total number of positive virus tests to 556,381. There were nearly 504 new cases per 100,000 people in Minnesota over the past two weeks, which ranks fourth in the country for new cases per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.

One in every 394 people in the state tested positive in the past week, researchers said.

Minnesota has recorded 7,020 fatalities since the start of the pandemic. The death count is the 25th highest in the country overall and the 37th highest per capita.

The percentage of Minnesotans 16 and older with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine was approaching nearly 52 percent on Sunday, health officials said.

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