3 things to know:
3,378 newly confirmed or probable cases, 35 newly reported deaths
24,802 known active cases; 982 currently hospitalized
75 percent of residents 16 years and older with at least one vaccine dose
Updated 12:39 PM
It’s hard to find much good news in Minnesota’s COVID-19 data right now. The latest numbers offer new evidence that the disease is still entrenched statewide.
Known active cases rose to 24,802 on Friday – close to the highest number for all of 2021. The seven-day average for new daily cases fell slightly from Thursday, but remains high.
The percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive remains above 7 percent, according to calculations by MPR News. It’s slightly down from midweek, but it’s still the year’s highest Friday average and remains above the 5 percent officials find.
Hospital admissions have fallen slightly from their recent highs, but are still relatively high. They are split about evenly between the greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area.
The number of beds had passed 1,000 earlier in October, putting enormous strain on the state’s health care systems. Since then, hospital admissions have been going back and forth over that threshold. There are now 982 people in hospitals in Minnesota with COVID; 235 need intensive care.
Public health state leaders continue to emphasize that Minnesota’s COVID-19 numbers remain at relatively high levels and that another rise is possible. They continue to advocate for Minnesotans to remain vigilant against the disease and get vaccinated if they qualify.
Driven by the highly contagious delta variant, the entire state is showing high levels of COVID-19 transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The state’s death toll stands at 8,828, including 35 new deaths reported Friday. Deaths usually follow a rise in cases and hospitalizations. In previous COVID-19 waves, this was the last of the key metrics to improve.
Vaccinations have left Minnesota in a better position than it was during the fall and spring peaks. Seventy-four percent of state residents ages 12 and older have received at least one shot of vaccination, and more than 70 percent are now fully vaccinated.
The state is seeing progress in getting booster shots in Minnesotans who are already vaccinated.
However, the battle continues to get more Minnesotans vaccinated. Large gaps in vaccination coverage remain between regions and provinces.
State officials are now shifting their vaccination focus to some of the state’s youngest, soon-to-be eligible residents.
Correction (November 5, 2021): An earlier version of this story described Friday’s active cases count as the highest number in 2021. A higher count was recorded on October 8.
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