3 things to know:
1,414 currently hospitalized, 340 in ICU: highlights in 2021
37,031 known active cases
74.7 percent of residents aged 12 years and older with at least 1 shot of vaccination
The latest COVID-19 data from Minnesota shows a pandemic is hitting new highs for 2021, putting more pressure on hospitals with no signs of pullback.
Key stats are at or near their highest levels since December. The percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive hovers around 10 percent, according to MPR News calculations, about double the rate officials find.
While there are some signs that the acceleration in new cases is easing from the previous week, the numbers remain high on the road to a Thanksgiving holiday that certainly brings people together indoors for celebrations, the kind of circumstances that lead to more viral spread.
Hospital admissions are especially worrying. Bed counts that dropped below 100 in mid-July jumped in late fall; 1,414 people are now hospitalized with COVID and 340 need intensive care, the highest since early December.
Hospital directors across the state say COVID patients combined with other health care needs are overwhelmingly understaffed care centers. Hospitals in this wave are seeing more people who need treatment for other illnesses, along with people who haven’t received care in the past year and a half.
State officials have pleaded with Minnesotans to make sure the disease doesn’t spread as Thanksgiving and other year-end celebrations approach.
There is also growing concern that schools, especially primary schools where children have been too young to vaccinate, could help accelerate the spread of the community.
When asked why conditions have deteriorated so much lately, Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the picture wasn’t clear, but waning immunity from vaccines administered earlier in the year played a role, along with people who went in with the weather and the highly contagious nature of the delta variant of the virus.
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 current rise is largely driven by the rising number of cases in greater Minnesota.
The number of known active cases rose to 37,031, another record in 2021.
The state’s death toll stands at 9,155, including 30 newly reported deaths on Friday. Deaths usually follow a rise in the number of cases and hospitalizations. In previous COVID-19 waves, this was the last of the key metrics to improve.
Friday’s numbers contain a glimmer of hope: the number of cases rose by 6 percent from last Friday. The number of cases from the previous Friday was up 43 percent week-over-week.
Minnesota now looks better positioned than it was during its fall 2020 and spring 2021 peaks. Nearly 75 percent of state residents ages 12 and older have received at least one shot of vaccination, and nearly 71 percent are now complete. vaccinated.
The state is seeing progress in getting booster shots in Minnesotans who are already vaccinated and are now pushing to expand boosters to all eligible adults.
However, the battle continues to get the first shots in more Minnesotans. Large gaps in vaccination coverage remain between regions and provinces.
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