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Cases Continue to Rise in Schools and Long-Term Care – Twin Cities

The intensified fourth wave of coronavirus cases in Minnesota shows no signs of stopping as outbreaks in schools and long-term care facilities continue to rise.

There are 742 school buildings that have reported outbreaks, about 16 percent more than a week ago. There are 432 long-term care facilities with at least one case involving a resident or staff, up 22 percent from the previous week.

Test positivity is increasing in nearly every age group, with 10- to 14-year-olds leading the way. School-age children remain the leading source of new cases, but the number of cases in middle-aged Minnesotans is also increasing.

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the state is currently having one of the worst outbreaks in the nation.

Minnesota added 32 new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, bringing the death toll to 9,125. Those whose deaths were reported ranged in age from their early 20s to late 90s.

Ten stayed in long-term care and 22 lived in private homes. Thirty of the dead were in November and two in October.

About 85 percent of fatalities were seniors, including 4,860 in long-term care, but deaths have gotten younger as the number of people vaccinated grows and the more contagious delta variant causes infections and the amount of virus circulating in Minnesota’s communities. increases.

4,827 new cases were reported on Thursday, bringing the state total to 866,055 as of March 2020. There are more than 9,500 Minnesotans who have been infected multiple times.

Of those who tested positive, 95 percent have recovered sufficiently and no longer need to be isolated. About 15 percent of the state’s 5.8 million residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

FILLING HOSPITALS

Hospital capacity remains one of the state’s biggest challenges. In the Twin Cities metro area, only seven intensive care and 18 regular hospital beds are empty, state data shows.

1,381 patients have been hospitalized, of whom 333 are in critical condition. The last time hospitals were so full with COVID-19 patients was in December, at the height of the state’s worst wave, when vaccines were not widely available.

Health officials continue to urge residents to get vaccinated, saying it is the best way to prevent serious illness and slow the spread of the coronavirus.

ABOUT VACCINES

Of the 3.2 million who have been fully vaccinated, about 98 percent have reported no breakthrough infection. But the number of cases among fully vaccinated people is on the rise, with 72,628 reported so far this year, including 3,177 hospitalizations and 519 fatalities.

The proportion of breakthrough cases has increased significantly recently. In the four weeks from mid-September to mid-October, 39 percent of cases, 32 percent of hospitalizations and 45 percent of deaths were among fully vaccinated residents, according to the latest data from the Minnesota Department of Health.

State health officials say breakthrough rates should not be considered a measure of vaccine efficacy. They say the injections still provide excellent protection, especially against serious illness, and are an important tool in managing the pandemic, which has hit the unvaccinated hardest.

Nevertheless, health officials are urging all adults to get a booster shot six months after their first last dose. Boosters for those who have received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine are recommended two months after the first injection.

Minnesota has administered nearly 7.4 million doses of vaccine, including more than 715,000 boosters. There are 3.5 million people who have received at least one injection, about 68 percent of the eligible population. But that still predisposes nearly 2 million unvaccinated people to the virus.