COVID in Minnesota: Key metrics at highest levels so far this year – WCCO

Minneapolis (WCCO) – The metrics used to track COVID-19 in Minnesota have reached some of the highest levels seen so far this year. Meanwhile, health officials on Wednesday announced 5,277 new cases and 43 more deaths.

The latest new case numbers will likely contain some cases over the weekend, when an increase in new reports exceeded the state’s processing capacity. On Tuesday, health officials said that the weekend’s backlog of cases will lead to an increase in total cases over the next few days. On Tuesday, that added more than 7,000 cases to the state’s tally.

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Since the pandemic began more than 20 months ago, Minnesota has recorded 831,669 cases and 8,925 deaths. Of the newly reported deaths on Wednesday, two were residents of the Twin Cities in their late forties. The bulk of the newly reported deaths (37) occurred in November. Five happened this month.

The latest data shows that the average seven-day positivity rate in Minnesota is 9.3%, the highest this year so far. The rise is approaching the “high risk” threshold, which health officials have set at 10%. The last time the state’s positivity rate was in a high-risk area was during the surge in cases last November.

Average daily case growth is also near a record high for this year. As of last week, the seven-day average was 52.7 new cases per 100,000 residents. That’s just below the peak reached but a month ago, when the average daily case growth was at 53.9 new cases per 100,000 residents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota has the ninth-worst seven-day case rate in the country.

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In Minnesota hospitals, 1,159 patients were treated for COVID-19 as of Tuesday, the highest levels since last year. Of those currently receiving treatment, 257 require intensive care beds, also a record for this year. Meanwhile, the state’s hospitalization rate is crawling toward record levels for this year.

State health leaders are still urging Minnesota residents to get vaccinated, as the most severe cases are among people who are not immunized. So far, 67% of Minnesota residents who qualify for the vaccine, which now includes those ages 5 and older, have received at least one dose. Nearly 600,000 people also took a booster dose. Tuesday, The drug maker Pfizer has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to allow booster doses of its vaccine for all adults. Currently, the boosters are only available for older adults and adults with certain high-risk conditions.

Since the state’s vaccination campaign began late last year, more than 7.1 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Minnesota. Among the most recent vaccine-approved demographic, children ages 5 to 11, nearly 14,000 of these children received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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