More than 5,123 new cases solve the current backlog – Twin Cities – Community News

More than 5,123 new cases solve the current backlog – Twin Cities

Minnesota reported 5,123 additional coronavirus infections on Thursday, clearing a backlog of positive tests from last weekend that had been delayed due to capacity issues at the Department of Health.

A health ministry spokeswoman said staff were being added to handle the growing number of new cases in the state’s ongoing fourth wave. With a few exceptions, the infection rate has steadily risen since the end of July.

The state has now recorded 836,787 coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic, with more than 9,100 people getting sick multiple times. More than 9 percent of recent tests have come back positive.

An additional 43 deaths from COVID-19 were also reported on Thursday, bringing the pandemic toll to 8,968. The latest reported fatalities ranged in age from 30 to over 100, with six in long-term care and 37 in private homes.

Of the more than 1,100 patients hospitalized, 257 are in critical condition.

Minnesota has administered 7.2 million doses of vaccine, including more than 616,000 boosters. There are 3.5 million residents who have received at least one dose, approximately 67 percent of the eligible population.

About 18,500 children ages 5 to 11 have received their first injection of the Pfizer childhood vaccine since it became available last week.

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