MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With Minnesota’s positivity rate now officially above the high-risk line, and the state’s seven-day COVID-19 case rate the absolute worst in the nation, the state’s health department reported on Wednesday that there were 3,457 newly reported positive cases and 46 there have been new deaths, including one person from Brown, Fillmore and Wright counties in his late 40s.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s daily update, the total number of people infected by COVID has risen to 851,802 since the start of the pandemic, with 9,093 deaths from the virus. Health officials say 9,433 have been reinfected since the start of the pandemic.
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Minnesota’s latest rolling seven-day average positivity rate currently sits at 10.5%, the highest figure since nearly a year ago. There are also 70.9 new cases daily per 100,000 Minnesota residents, which places the state well above the limit considered high-risk (which is just 10 per 100,000).
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Minnesota’s seven-day case rate is now the worst in the nation, at 556.5 per 100,000 people. Minnesota overtook Michigan, which had a higher number of cases earlier in the week.
Hospitals across the state are making a desperate plea for the public’s help as COVID-19 cases hit an all-time high this year. On Wednesday, Governor Tim Walz announced federal government medical teams will be sent to support Minnesota hospitals during the current COVID-19 wave.
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The number of hospital admissions has risen sharply in recent weeks, by far the highest they have been outside of November and December of last year. The total use of ICU beds among COVID-19 patients is 320; at its peak last year, that figure never exceeded 400. In addition, 1,062 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in non-ICU beds. The number of new COVID hospitalizations per 100,000 inhabitants is 17.7.
Wednesday morning, figures from the Minnesota Department of Health showed that about 68.1% of Minnesotans ages 5 and older had received at least one vaccine dose, and 96% of those over 65 had received at least one dose. In total, the state has administered 7,394,003 doses of vaccine, with approximately 3.33 million residents completing their vaccine series.
More than 715,000 vaccine booster shots have been given to eligible Minnesotans. Earlier this week, health officials said they are ready to lower booster restrictions for all adults 18 and older soon.
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