MN COVID-19 Breaking News: Vaccinations, Cases, ICU Needs All Escalation

Graph showing when most Minnesotans will be vaccinated

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3 things to know

  • Hospitalization, active case trends are highest for months; immunization trends reach record highs
  • About 44 percent of adults with at least one dose; 29 percent fully vaccinated
  • The vaccination effort means Minnesota is unlikely to see a spike in cases as severe as it saw in November, the health commissioner said.

The calendar says April, but Minnesota’s COVID-19 data looks more like winter.

The number of active cases has not been so high since the end of December. Hospitalizations and intensive needs are back to where they were in mid-January. Daily deaths tend to February levels.

There is, however, a crucial difference between winter and today. Minnesota’s vaccination rate is steadily on the rise, with daily vaccinations at an all time high and the state appears on track to have 50% of adults vaccinated within two weeks.

This is Minnesota current COVID-19 statistics:

  • 6,932 deaths (10 new)
  • 537,828 positive cases (2,659 new reports); 95% reduction on isolation
  • 44 percent of adults with at least one dose; 29 percent fully immunized
  • About 83% of Minnesotans aged 65 and over with at least one dose of vaccine

The lingering question remains to be answered: Can the state vaccinate enough Minnesotans quickly enough to prevent a strong outbreak of the disease as the variants take hold more firmly in the state?

Immunization trend hits record high

Health Ministry data on Friday showed nearly 1.3 million Minnesotans were completely inoculated while more than 1.9 million received at least one dose, including about 83% of residents aged 65. and more.

The agency reported around 70,000 more shots. The seven-day trend is the highest since vaccinations began in late December.

Thanks to the vaccination campaign, Minnesota is unlikely to see as severe a spike in cases this spring as it saw in November and December, but the pandemic is not over, the health commissioner said. Minnesota, Jan Malcolm, to reporters earlier this week.

“We’re definitely not out of the woods yet,” Malcolm added, noting that the seven-day positive test rate for the disease is again 6 percent. A rate of 5 percent is a harbinger of increasing spread.

Screenings by David Montgomery, MPR News data reporter

Hospitalizations increase, make you younger

Friday’s COVID-19 figures reinforce Malcolm’s warnings that the pandemic is not over.

Hospitalizations, for example, have increased dramatically in recent weeks to levels not seen since January. The agency’s most recent data shows 595 people with COVID-19 in Minnesota hospitals; 134 required intensive care.

The need for intensive care has doubled in the past month.

Graph of new hospitalizations with COVID-19 in ICU and not in intensive care

The age of people requiring hospitalization has become younger. The average age of people hospitalized during the pandemic is 65, but it was 57 from March 23 to 29, said Dr Ruth Lynfield, the state epidemiologist this week.

The number of known active cases has trended upward in recent weeks, with more than 18,000 as of Friday’s report – marking more than three weeks with daily active counts above 10,000.

Active and Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Minnesota

It is also the first time since December that active cases have exceeded 18,000.

While still weak compared to late November and early December, the uptrend is notable given concerns over the rise of Britain’s highly contagious variant of COVID-19, which health officials say is at the origin of the current recovery.

The state has now confirmed around 1,600 cases of the British strain, Lynfield said Thursday, adding that it was linked to five deaths here and likely responsible for the majority of the spread that is currently occurring.

Ten deaths reported on Friday brought the total number of deaths from the pandemic in Minnesota to 6,932. 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 537,828 confirmed or probable cases in the pandemic so far, including 2,659 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

Regional hot spots bubble

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

Public health officials continue to monitor the appearance of clusters in recent weeks in the Twin Cities southwest metropolitan area, as well as in Mankato in southern Minnesota, central Minnesota and around Aurora. and Ely in the northeast.

Cases distributed across age groups

People in their 20s are still the age group with the most confirmed cases in the state – more than 100,000 since the start of the pandemic, including more than 52,000 among those aged 20 to 24.

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

The number of high school age youth confirmed with the disease has also increased, with more than 42,000 total cases among those aged 15 to 19 since the start of the pandemic.

With children increasingly returning to school buildings and sports, Minnesota public health officials are urging Minnesota families with children to get tested every two weeks for COVID-19 until the end of the year. ‘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. People with coronavirus can spread it when they don’t have symptoms.

Workload among 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.

Distrust of the government, as well as deep-rooted health and economic disparities, have hampered efforts to step up testing among communities of color, officials say, especially among unauthorized immigrants who fear their information. personal data are not used to expel them.

Officials have acknowledged that mistrust of communities of color has been a problem during the pandemic. They have offered immunization data disaggregated by race and ethnicity which they update regularly.

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.

Main titles

As vaccine eligibility increases, a health service in southern MN is recalibrating: The Faribault and Martin Counties Human Services, a public health department in two counties in southern Minnesota, have requested 300 doses of the vaccine to be administered this week. But they struggle to fill date slots – and cope with no-shows. They are therefore asking the State Department of Health to reallocate their share.

COVID-19 Deaths of former tribals leave a void: Native Americans have the highest COVID-19 death rate of any population in the U.S. And for tribes working to revitalize language and culture, loss of elders to COVID-19 leaves a void particularly painful.

Even with an aid prospect, school budgets in Minnesota are in dire straits: The coronavirus hasn’t just wreaked havoc on classrooms across the state – it’s wreaking havoc on district budgets, which are largely determined by enrollment. State and federal lawmakers are considering and spending billions of new dollars in education funding, but districts in Minnesota are still laying off staff and closing schools.

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