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Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Pandemic digs in; accelerate bad grades

3 things to know:

  • 4,253 newly confirmed or probable cases, 34 newly reported deaths

  • 25,387 known active cases, a 2021 high; 990 currently hospitalized

  • 75.1 percent of residents 16 years and older with at least one vaccine dose

Minnesota is firmly back on the wrong track in the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, the state recorded the highest number of new cases in one day since December. Active cases also peaked in 2021 and the number of tests coming back positive is rising.

Known active cases rose to 25,387 on Monday – the highest number for all of 2021. The seven-day average for new daily cases rose slightly.

Active, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota

The percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive is close to 8 percent, according to MPR News calculations, the highest since December and higher than the 5 percent officials find — a key indicator that transmission of the virus is accelerating.

Hospital admissions have fallen slightly from their recent highs, but are still high. They remain roughly evenly split between the greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area.

Chart showing COVID-19 hospitalizations by region

The number of beds had passed 1,000 by October, putting enormous pressure on staff-scarce health systems. Since then, hospital admissions have been going back and forth over that threshold. As of Friday, 990 people were in hospitals in Minnesota with COVID; 227 need intensive care, the Minnesota Health Department reported.

As the numbers go up and down, Monday’s data shows Minnesota’s COVID-19 surge is stalling at relatively high levels. State public health leaders continue to beg Minnesotans to remain vigilant and get vaccinated if eligible, warning that another wave is possible.

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 latest cases are most common in working-age Minnesotans, rather than children, like a month ago, or the elderly, who were hardest hit early in the pandemic.

New COVID-19 cases per capita by age

The state’s death toll stands at 8,862, including 34 new deaths reported Monday. 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.

The number of deaths is now trending at the highest level since January, averaging two dozen a day over the past seven reporting days.

New COVID-19-related deaths reported every day in Minnesota

Minnesota now remains better positioned than it was during its fall 2020 and spring 2021 peaks. More than 74 percent of state residents ages 12 and older have received at least one shot of vaccination, and nearly 71 percent are now fully vaccinated.

Chart of total COVID-19 vaccinations by age

The state is seeing progress in getting booster shots in Minnesotans who are already vaccinated.

New COVID-19 vaccine doses sent and given.

However, the battle continues to get more Minnesotans vaccinated. Large gaps in vaccination coverage remain between regions and provinces.

Map of Minnesota COVID-19 Eligible Vaccination Rate

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