3 things to know:
- 1,810 newly confirmed or probable cases, 31 newly reported deaths
- 16,790 known active cases; 911 currently hospitalized
- 74.6% of residents aged 16 and over who received at least one dose of vaccine
State public health officials should brief reporters at 2 p.m.
Updated at 12:40
Despite some upward trend lines, global COVID-19 data from Minnesota still signals that the worst of the current wave may be over. State officials are now focusing on vaccinating some of the state’s soon-to-be-eligible youngest residents.
Known and active cases stood at 16,790 on Wednesday with 1,810 new daily cases reported. Both measures are at their lowest point in more than a month.The rate of COVID-19 tests coming back positive has stabilized below 7%, according to calculations by MPR News – higher than the 5% that officials find worrying but still without any sign of a spike.
Hospitalizations continue to decline from their recent highs.
The number of beds had surpassed 1,000 earlier this month, putting enormous pressure on the state’s staffed health care systems, but hospitalizations fell in reports released during the week. There are now 911 people in Minnesota hospitals with COVID; 220 need intensive care.State public health officials continue to point out that Minnesota’s COVID-19 numbers are still relatively high and another increase is possible. They continue to advocate with the Minnesotans to remain vigilant against the disease and get vaccinated if they are eligible.
Driven by the highly contagious delta variant, the entire state except Cook County in the Arrowhead area shows a high level of transmission of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
The state’s death toll stands at 8,612, including 31 newly reported deaths on Wednesday. Deaths usually follow an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations. In previous COVID-19 waves, this has been the last of the key indicators to improve.
Thanks to vaccinations, Minnesota remains better positioned now than during its fall and spring peaks. More than 73 percent of state residents aged 12 and older have received at least one vaccine, of which 70 percent are now fully immunized.
The fight continues, however, to get more Minnesotans vaccinated, and wide gaps remain in vaccination rates between regions and counties.
The State prepares the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11
State officials say they are preparing to vaccinate thousands of Minnesota children aged 5 to 11 after a federal regulatory panel gave initial approval to use the Pfizer vaccine.
State healthcare providers will be ready to begin administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 once federal recommendations are finalized next week, Governor Tim Walz said in a report on Wednesday. communicated.
Based on the schedule, providers say they could be ready for injections as early as November 4.
In Dakota County, authorities plan to be able to offer about 200 doses to children the week of November 8. That number could rise or fall in subsequent weeks depending on demand, said Christine Lees, county public health supervisor.
Parents can also expect there to be opportunities to have children immunized at school, Lees said.
“What we’re working on is really trying to fill in the gaps around our primary care clinics and our pediatric clinics,” Lees added. “So what’s different this time around is that we have more providers who can deliver the vaccine than we had before when we started with adults. “
Children are much less likely than adults to become seriously ill with COVID-19, to be hospitalized for it, or to die from it, but that doesn’t mean parents should be reluctant to have their children vaccinated against the virus, a said Dr Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious disease expert at the Mayo Clinic.
“It is relatively rare for children to end up in intensive care or die from COVID-19,” she said. “But after talking to parents and kids who have found themselves in the ICU, I can say that rare doesn’t really feel rare when it’s your own child sitting in that intensive care bed. “
Rajapakse said clinical trials show some children may experience mild side effects from the Pfizer vaccine, including leg or arm pain and some fatigue.
She added that getting children vaccinated against the virus also reduces transmission of COVID-19, limiting the opportunities for the virus to mutate into something more contagious or deadly.
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