COVID-19 in MN: Final positivity rate approaches ‘high risk’ threshold – WCCO – Community News

COVID-19 in MN: Final positivity rate approaches ‘high risk’ threshold – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A day after warning that the number of COVID-19 cases is among the highest this year, Minnesota health officials reported 7,173 additional cases and 20 more deaths.

Tuesday’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes data from the weekend and is current as of Monday morning. A total of 826,404 positive cases have now been registered in the state since the start of the pandemic, of which more than 8,800 were reinfections.

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In terms of the death toll, a total of 8,882 deaths have now been attributed to COVID-19 in Minnesota. One of the 20 newly reported deaths involved a person in his late 40s in Ramsey County; 17 of the deaths were in November.

More than 1,100 patients have been treated for COVID-19 in hospitals as of Monday. Nearly 250 of them need intensive care beds. More than 42,000 cases of COVID-19 required hospitalization.

Meanwhile, the positivity rate in Minnesota continues to climb, with the latest figure standing at 9.1%, which is close to the state’s “high risk” threshold of 10%. State growth and hospitalization rates are also trending upward.

“The recent numbers are among the highest we’ve seen so far in 2021,” MDH said Monday. “Unfortunately, the pandemic is far from over. It’s important to get vaccinated, wear a mask in public, get tested when necessary and stay home if you’re sick.”

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MDH says newly reported cases as of Tuesday do not include cases pending withdrawal processing.

“Over the past weekend, the growth of COVID-19 cases outpaced admission capacity, resulting in a temporary backlog. We are taking steps to increase staff capacity, but we expect this backlog will impact newly reported cases in the coming days,” said MDH.

Currently, 67.1% of age groups 5 years and older have received at least one vaccine dose. In the age group of 5 to 11 years, the most recently approved group to receive the vaccine, 9,442 children have received at least one dose.

More than 7.1 million vaccine doses have been administered.

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