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Live Updates: Latest on COVID-19 in Minnesota December 7, 2021

Here’s the latest data on Minnesota’s fight against COVID-19, its delta and omicron variants, and efforts to increase vaccinations and testing statewide.

ST PAUL, Minn. —

  • MDH reports 12,445 additional cases, 45 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations exceed 1,600
  • ICU beds now at 98% total occupancy statewide
  • More than 8 million vaccine doses of COVID-19 administered to date

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 12,445 additional cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The high number includes weekend cases, as MDH no longer reports data on Saturday or Sunday.

A total of 945,445 cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the start of the Minnesota pandemic, including about 11,000 reinfections. MDH notes on its website that the case count does not include home test results.

MDH also reported 45 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19; three of those deaths occurred in October, 18 in November and 24 in December.

Among the newly reported deaths is one person between the ages of 15 and 19 from Hennepin County, and two people in their mid to late 30s from Anoka County.

The department said a total of 9,699 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Hospital admissions also rose in Tuesday’s report, with the total number of hospital admissions surpassing 1,600 for the first time since December 2020. MDH reported 1,621 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, 335 of whom were treated in the ICU.

Also on Tuesday, MDH said more than 8 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered statewide as of Sunday; that number includes more than 1.2 million Minnesotans who have received a third or booster dose.

The report also found that 70.5% of Minnesota’s eligible population (5 years or older) has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to date.

The number of people admitted to intensive care in Minnesota has reached an all-time high during the COVID pandemic.

Hospitals across the state report 98% occupancy rates in adult ICU beds when COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients are admitted. Nearly 350 people are receiving intensive care, according to data released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

A map shows that there are currently no ICU beds in the entire Northeast region of the state, only one in western Minnesota, and only two open in the entire Twin Cities metro hospital system. MDH says 55 hospitals in Minnesota did not have an ICU bed available as of last Friday.

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