A “COVID blizzard” is currently hitting the state of Minnesota, prompting officials to urge people to take precautions against the coronavirus.
What is a COVID storm?
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said on Wednesday that all unvaccinated people should receive the COVID-19 vaccine to stop the spread of the virus, according to Bring Me The News.
- She called the recent spate of cases a “COVID storm storm.”
- “Right now we are in a really alarming spike in the number of cases in the last few days,” she said.
Will the COVID Blizzard Get Worse?
Malcolm said cases, hospitalizations and deaths will increase due to the new spike, as there are so many people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Bring Me The News.
- “We must recognize all Minnesota residents that in a pandemic storm like this one caused by the delta variant, individual decisions have implications. Implications not just for the individual, but for their families, their communities and basically the entire state,” she said.
It is unclear when the new peak will end.
- “Every day we now see dozens of Minnesotans die from a disease they didn’t have to get, and that’s beyond heartbreaking for all of us doing this work.” Malcolm said, according to CBS Minnesota. “The tragedy of this current spike in cases is that more than ever we have the tools and knowledge to minimize the impact of this virus.”
How to protect yourself from COVID-19
Malcolm said people eligible for the COVID-19 booster shot should get their new shot of the vaccine, according to KARE-11.
- “It decreases over time, and we think a lot of the breakthrough cases we’re seeing in Minnesota and other states are among the earliest people vaccinated,” Malcolm said.