3 things to know
- Vaccination rate continues to decline in Minnesota, now at its lowest since late February
- 60.1 percent of Minnesotans 16 years and older received at least one dose; 48.5 percent – over 2.1 million people – are now fully immunized
- Daily number of cases, decrease in test positivity rate
Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccination rate continued to drop over the weekend, dropping to the lowest levels seen since late February.
On average over the past week, as of Sunday’s update, the state is reporting fewer than 34,000 vaccinations per day – up from more than 60,000 per day in mid-April.
As the state has passed the 60% milestone of state residents aged 16 and over with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the slowing pace means it will take longer to reach the 70% mark.That 70% vaccination milestone took on added significance last week when Gov. Tim Walz tied it to the end of remaining statewide mask terms. Walz said he would drop these face coverage rules on July 1 – or sooner, if the state reaches 70% of Minnesotans 16 and over vaccinated.
Here are the latest news from Minnesota COVID-19 Statistics:
- 7,231 deaths (seven new)
- 587,762 positive cases; 97% reduction on isolation
- About 60.1 percent of Minnesotans aged 16 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine; about 48.5 percent fully vaccinated
A few weeks ago, the state was on track to hit the 70 percent vaccination mark in mid-May; now it’s pushed back to at least mid-June, if the current rate holds.
Most of the vaccinations over the past few days have been second doses. The state is taking an average of less than 11,000 first-dose injections per day as of Sunday – the lowest level since February 26.
And it’s not for lack of supply: Walz said last week that the federal government was prepared to ship more doses of the vaccine to Minnesota, if there is a demand.
Health officials have said they are stepping up their outreach efforts. And as he announced reduced pandemic restrictions last week, Walz urged unvaccinated adults in Minnesota to step up – even urging those who oppose him politically to get vaccinated so they can. be healthy enough to vote against him next year.
Walz announced on Friday that eligible Minnesotans can now show up for a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination at state community immunization program sites.
More than 2.6 million residents aged 16 and over now receive at least one dose of vaccine; more than 2.1 million have now completed their vaccinations as of Sunday’s update.
This corresponds to about 48.5% of the population aged 16 and over fully vaccinated and to about 60.1% with at least one vaccine, including almost 88% of those aged 65 and over.
Active cases, hospitalizations down
The tally of known and active COVID-19 cases stood at 12,236 in Sunday’s data, down from the most recent high of around 20,000 in mid-April.
Friday’s report showed 560 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Minnesota; 144 required intensive care. Both numbers continue to decline from their recent highs.
Seven deaths recently reported on Sunday brought the Minnesota pandemic toll to 7,231. Of those who died, about 61% were living in long-term care or assisted living facilities; most had underlying health problems.
The state has recorded a total of 587,762 confirmed or probable cases in the pandemic so far, including the 810 released on Sunday – the lowest daily total since mid-March. About 97% of Minnesotans known to be infected with COVID-19 in the pandemic have recovered to the point where they no longer need to self-isolate.
Regionally, all parts of Minnesota are in better shape than they were in late November and early December. The number of cases had climbed in recent weeks statewide, but the trend appears to have peaked.
Officials continue to implore Minnesotans to keep their guards on during balls, graduations and other spring events, noting that more contagious variants of COVID-19 are leading to new cases statewide.
While the overall trends are strong, officials are increasingly concerned about the spread of COVID-19 among young people. They called for more tests for middle and high school students and weekly tests for athletes, coaches, referees and other young participants in sports.
People in their 20s are still the age group with the most confirmed cases in the state – more than 109,000 since the start of the pandemic.
The number of high school age youth confirmed with the disease has also increased, with more than 48,000 young people aged 15 to 19 known to be infected during the pandemic.
Although young people are less likely to feel the worst effects of the disease and end up in hospital, experts fear it will unknowingly spread to older parents and members of other vulnerable populations. Those with the COVID-19 virus can spread it when they don’t have symptoms.
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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