COVID in Minnesota: Positivity rate climbs to 19.1%, average daily cases hit new record – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota’s average positivity rate has now jumped to 19.1%, shattering records as the state grapples with the spreading Omicron variant. Average daily cases also reached a new high of 134.4 per 100,000 population.

The previous high for new daily cases was 125.9, recorded in mid-November 2020. Health officials drew the “high risk” line to 10.

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The Minnesota Department of Health reported 29,487 new cases and 38 additional deaths on Tuesday. Four of the deaths took place in December, reports MDH.

The daily MDH update shows that since March 2020, there have been 1,104,494 recorded cases of COVID-19 in the state, including 22,098 re-infections. A total of 10,838 Minnesotans have died from COVID.

Experts say the worst of the pandemic is yet to come. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm told WCCO-TV on Sunday that cases in the coming weeks “will literally skyrocket”.

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Credit: Minnesota Department of Health

“We are going to see the highest number we have ever seen in the pandemic, and unfortunately our hospitals are already very, very full,” she added.

Hospitalizations per 100,000 inhabitants are on the rise again, after decreasing in December. The figure rose to 17.8, and anything above 8 is considered “high risk.”

As of Monday afternoon, there were more than 1,500 people infected with the virus in hospitals in Minnesota, and 263 of them were in intensive care. Staffed intensive care beds are scarce statewide, with less than 1% available in the metro area. There are only 11 staffed pediatric beds available in Minnesota.

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Meanwhile, more than 8.9 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Minnesota, including more than 1.8 million boosters. About 72.4% of the state’s population aged 5 and over received their first dose.

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