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MINNEAPOLIS (UKTN) – Even as more than a million Minnesotans are vaccinated, the number of COVID and intensive care cases is on the rise again.

Local doctors also say the risks in certain social settings. Whether it’s sporting events or spring break travel, the UKTN has asked a local doctor to assess the risk now.

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Dr. George Morris of CentraCare calls current COVID numbers hard to see. He thinks it’s time to rethink the days to come.

“Unfortunately, it looks like the spring push or the start of the fall push,” Morris said. “This is where we are now. We are there again, ”he added. “This means that everything we do carries a little more risk than a month ago.”

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We asked about sporting events.

“Sporting events are in the middle,” Morris said.

Even though the Xcel Energy Center and Target Field are once again welcoming some fans, Morris says it is essential to remain masked and continue to scream and drink.

“We have to be very careful with how many people are there and how much space you have between family units,” he said.

It also feels much better on the outside to look at than on the inside.

“I think I would keep the play dates on low risk,” Morris said.

Studies now show that children are half as likely to contract COVID as adults, and if they do get sick, it’s usually nowhere near as serious.

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We asked about visiting the elderly and at risk.

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“I think it can go from that low risk to high risk, and that’s unfortunate,” Morris said.

If the elderly parents are fully vaccinated, and so are you, experts say it’s better. Still, with the number of variants on the rise, Morris says tours should be outdoors.

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Then we asked about the restaurants.

“I would put restaurants at high risk,” he said.

Morris doesn’t feel good in face-to-face situations. Again, he says he is outside, if possible.

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We asked about vacations and travel.

“Travel is still quite high [risk],” he said.

To minimize, stick to traveling with your family. Morris believes that a road trip is better than a plane trip.

“We want to be able to move forward,” he said.

So as the rules change, he says, proceed with caution.

“If we accelerate too quickly towards the end of the tunnel, we are going to lose,” he said.

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CentraCare has developed a digital album containing stories from last year. From teamwork of staff to battles of different patients to survive COVID-19, you’ll find it here.

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