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Minnesota COVID-19 transmission, hospitalizations rise

Hospitalizations and test positivity rate for COVID-19 trend upward.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Indicators tracking COVID-19 in Minnesota show a continued increase in transmission of the virus.

Minnesota health officials reported 10 COVID-19 deaths and 1,385 new cases Monday in a report that included data from Saturday, April 3.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported the preliminary update on the statewide COVID-19 situation on April 3 was likely underreported because of a technical issue. No report was issued Sunday because of the Easter holiday.

MDH officials said the report Tuesday, April 6, may be higher as a result of delays in reporting.

Of the deaths reported Monday, four were people living in the Twin Cities, two deaths were reported in each St. Louis and Stearns counties and one death was reported in each Crow Wing and Faribault counties. People ranged in age from their 70s to 90s. Seven of the people were residents of long-term care facilities.

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The statewide numbers show a resurgence in transmission of the virus and an increase in hospitalizations.

As of Sunday, 110 people were in intensive care units around Minnesota because of COVID-19. April started with the highest number of ICU patients with COVID-19 since Jan. 22 when 112 people were in intensive care units across the state. The test positivity rate continues to rise as well. As of March 25, the rate was 5.3%, above state public health’s threshold for caution which is 5%. Community transmission, cases that aren’t linked to other known cases or outbreaks, is at 45% — the highest since the pandemic hit Minnesota.

These trends come amidst continuing effort to vaccinate Minnesotans against the virus. As of Friday, 1,808,949 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 1,164,187 people have been fully vaccinated.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 1,385
  • TOTAL CASES: 527,650
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 504,712
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 5.6%

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 448

  • TOTAL CUMULATIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 27,569

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 10

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 6,885

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 1,808,949

  • COMPLETED SERIES: 1,164,187

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John Molseed joined the Post Bulletin in 2018. He covers arts, culture, entertainment, nature and other fun stories he's surprised he gets paid to cover. When he's not writing articles about Southeast Minnesota artists and musicians, he's either picking banjo, brewing beer, biking or looking for other hobbies that begin with the letter "b." Readers can reach John at 507-285-7713 or jmolseed@postbulletin.com.
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