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Minnesota health officials report 16 COVID deaths as cases, hospitalizations rise

COVID-19 hospitalizations are still rising across Minnesota as vaccination efforts continue.

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Following are the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Wednesday, April 14. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 1,715
  • TOTAL CASES: 547,101
  • TOTAL NO LONGER NEEDING TO BE ISOLATED: 522,843
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 7.3%

The rolling seven-day average for the percentage of positive tests for the virus has climbed to more than 7%. Health officials consider anything higher than 5% a “high risk” to public health. Community transmission, the percentage of cases that aren’t traced to other known cases, was 46% as of last Monday.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 681

  • TOTAL CUMULATIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 28,636

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 16

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 6,978

Of the 16 deaths, eight were residents of the Twin Cities area. Benton, Carver, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mille Lacs, Scott, Sherburne and Stearns counties each reported one death. Three people were residents of group homes or long-term care facilities. The people who died ranged in age from their 50s to 90s.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 2,131,904

  • COMPLETED SERIES: 1,460,806

As of Monday, about 2.1 million Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 1.5 million have been fully vaccinated . That's about 48% of people older than 16 who have had at least one dose. Overall, about 38% of Minnesotans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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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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