Latest news on COVID-19 in MN: half of adults have 1 dose of vaccine; state passes 7K dead

Active and Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Minnesota

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3 things to know

  • About 50.8 percent of Minnesotans aged 16 and over have received at least one dose of vaccine, 35.4 percent are fully vaccinated
  • Hospital admission, intensive care trends hovering at winter level; Health officials say virus variants likely lead to increase in new cases
  • Active cases topped 20,000 on Friday for the first time since December

Update: 11:30 a.m.

More than half of Minnesota’s adults have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. But as the state reached that encouraging milestone on Saturday, it also saw its pandemic death toll exceed 7,000.

Health Department calculations on Saturday showed that 50.8% of state residents aged 16 and older had received at least one dose of the vaccine, of which more than 35% were fully immunized.

At the same time, known active cases are now at levels not seen since December.

Overall, it’s a continuing mix of encouraging and worrying news as the state winds its way through another COVID-19 wave.

Here are the latest news from Minnesota COVID-19 Statistics:

  • 7,005 deaths (10 new); 554,536 positive cases; 95% reduction on isolation
  • 50.8 percent of adults with at least one dose; 35.4 percent fully vaccinated
  • About 85% of Minnesotans 65 years and older with at least one dose of vaccine

Solid vaccinations

Data from the Department of Health on Saturday showed that more than 1.5 million Minnesotans were completely inoculated, while about 2.2 million received at least one dose, including about 85% of residents aged 65 years and older. The agency reported more than 85,000 additional vaccinations, among the highest totals for a single day to date.

A short-term decline is coming, however, in the pace of vaccination, due to the break in distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

The hiatus was prompted by a joint recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration asking suppliers to halt their distribution of the J&J vaccine while agencies investigate the extremely rare occurrence of blood clots.

Screenings by David Montgomery, MPR News data reporter

The clots were found in six women – out of nearly 7 million vaccines given nationwide – between the ages of 18 and 48. single dose vaccine.

At the current rate of vaccinations, 80 percent of Minnesotans aged 16 and over will receive a dose by the end of May.

Ahead of this week’s J&J hiatus and an earlier factory crash, officials were hopeful that a flood of new J&J vaccines would combine with existing Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to bring Minnesota’s vaccination rate to a new level.

Hospital and ICU need to fly over winter levels

Latest report shows 671 people in Minnesota hospitals with COVID-19 on Thursday; 165 required intensive care, nearly the highest number of intensive care patients since early January.

Hospitalizations have increased dramatically in recent weeks and hover around levels not seen since early January. Health officials say variants of the coronavirus circulating in Minnesota are behind these increases.

The age of those newly hospitalized is younger than at the start of the pandemic. The majority of people currently hospitalized for COVID-19 are under the age of 60.

Although numbers are still low compared to late November and early December, the upward trend has been notable given concerns over the rise of the highly contagious UK variant, which public health officials say , is at the origin of the current recovery.

The number of known active cases has trended upward in recent weeks, with more than 20,000 as of Friday’s report – the first time since December that active cases have crossed that threshold.

Ten deaths reported on Saturday brought the total number of pandemic deaths in Minnesota to 7,005. Of those who died, about 62% were living in long-term care or assisted living facilities; most had underlying health problems.

New COVID-19 deaths reported every day in Minnesota

The state has recorded a total of 554,536 confirmed or probable cases in the pandemic so far, of which 2,429 were released on Friday. About 95% of Minnesotans known to be infected with COVID-19 in the pandemic have recovered to the point where they no longer need to be isolated.

New COVID-19 cases daily in Minnesota

There are signs that the current wave may be down. The percentage of tests coming back positive for COVID-19 has been essentially flat over the past week, at around 6% after steady growth in the previous weeks.

The growth rate of new cases also appears to be slowing down considerably.

Thanks to the vaccinations, officials don’t believe Minnesota will experience the kind of surge in cases seen in November and December, but that doesn’t mean the worst of the current wave is over.

“We are still in precarious territory,” State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said on Thursday.

Regionally, all parts of Minnesota are in better shape than they were in late November and early December. The latest figures, however, show cases creeping statewide.

New cases of COVID-19 by region of Minnesota

Youth cases are growing; the state requests weekly tests

Young people – some of whom are too young to be vaccinated – are driving the growth of cases statewide.

The number of high school age youth confirmed with the disease has increased, with more than 44,000 total cases among those aged 15 to 19 since the start of the pandemic.

New Minnesota COVID-19 cases by age, adjusted for population

In a recent situation, the state’s health department sent out a notice earlier this week asking anyone who attended the Northland Youth Wrestling Association tournament in Sioux Falls, SD, to get tested for COVID-19. The tournament brought together 64 Minnesota teams from 52 counties – and now at least 29 cases in 13 schools across the state have been detected.

The state is also asking any student involved in youth sports or extracurricular activities of any kind to get tested for COVID-19 every week.

With children increasingly returning to school buildings and sports, Minnesota public health officials are urging Minnesota families with children, in general, to be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks until at the end of the school year.

Although young people are less likely to feel the worst effects of the disease and end up in hospital, experts fear it may unknowingly pass on to older parents and members of other vulnerable populations. Those with the coronavirus can spread it when they don’t have symptoms.

Workload, vaccinations in people of color

In Minnesota and across the country, COVID-19 has disproportionately hit communities of color in both cases and deaths. This has been especially true for Hispanic Minnesotans during much of the pandemic.

New cases of COVID-19 per capita and by race

Even though the number of new cases continues to follow well below their highs in late November, early December, data shows Latinos continue to be hit hard.

The rate of vaccination for people of color also remains extremely slow compared to whites in Minnesotans.

Table of vaccinations by breed

COVID-19 in Minnesota

The data in these charts is based on cumulative totals from the Minnesota Department of Health released at 11 a.m. daily. You can find more detailed statistics on COVID-19 at Department of Health website.

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