MINNEAPOLIS (UKTN) – With Gov. Tim Walz possibly again easing COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota in the near future, the Minnesota Department of Health reports that 56% of Minnesotans 16 years of age or older have received at least one dose and 1.8 million have completed their vaccine series.
In total, the state administered 4,092,496 doses of the vaccine.
However, the state also reported 22 new deaths attributable to COVID-19 on the last day, along with just over 1,500 new confirmed positive cases. This news comes after word that a school-aged child under the age of 10 has died from complications from COVID. The MDH reports that many newly confirmed cases are occurring in younger populations in the state, some of whom are not yet approved to receive any of the vaccines currently being administered.
Meanwhile, the state’s moving average positivity rate slipped to 6.5%, just a week and a half after peaking at 7.4%, the highest rate since the start of the new year. . Anything over 5% is considered cautionary, but only 10% or more is considered to be “high risk”. Yet the rate of community spread remains high, with 43.3% of cases reported without a known source of exposure. The caution line is drawn at 20%.
The Minnesota Department of Health reported a total of 1,179 additional cases on Wednesday, but no new deaths from the virus; this marks the first day that the MDH has not reported any new deaths for about a month. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 569,440 positive cases and 7,079 deaths.
The latest figures for those hospitalized show 178 Minnesotans in intensive care, up from around 200 reported at this time last week. Overall figures show hospitalization figures remain high as more cases of the UK variant are reported, with an average of 14.9 new daily hospitalizations per 100,000 residents. Anything over eight hospitalizations per 100,000 is considered high risk.
According to MDH, since the start of the pandemic, more than 4 million Minnesotans have been tested.
The latest rollback of COVID restrictions in Minnesota came in mid-March, when restaurants and bars were allowed to operate at 75% capacity and gym capacity increased to 50% . Capacity limits for religious services and salons have been completely lifted. Entertainment venues were also allowed to increase indoor and outdoor occupancy rates from 25% to 50%, with a maximum of 250 people.