Latest on COVID in MN: Nearly 12 percent of Minnesotans have at least one vaccine dose

3 things to know:

  • Key measurements continue to show improvements

  • The daily vaccination trend is ticking upwards with almost 40K doses reported administered on Sunday

  • Minnesota ranks 24th among states in administered vaccine doses per capita. Inhabitant


Updated: 1:20 p.m.

Nearly 12 percent of Minnesota residents have now received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as the rate of vaccinations in the state has ticked up in recent days.

State health officials on Sunday reported nearly 39,000 more vaccine doses administered – the fourth-largest single-day total in the record. It was a drop from Saturday’s total – but slightly ahead of what was reported last Sunday.

Recently reported vaccine doses from Saturday.

Minnesota is now in 24th place among states in doses administered per 100,000 peopleaccording to data collected by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s up from the 28th the day before. As federal vaccinations increase, the pace of vaccinations may increase in the coming days.

Officials have in recent weeks stressed that the relatively low flow of vaccine supplies from the federal government is the biggest problem holding back the pace of vaccinations. There is data backing up.

Nearly 34 percent of Minnesotans 65 and older have now been vaccinated.

A line chart.

Meanwhile, Minnesota’s latest COVID-19 data continues to provide reasons to be encouraged on the path of the pandemic. Important trend lines around the disease continued to move in the right direction – down.

Admission counts remain stable in late September / early October. The trend line for known, active case loads remains at levels not seen since the end of September.

Here’s Minnesota’s power COVID-19 statistics:

  • 6,376 deaths (seven new)

  • 473,567 positive cases (779 new), 459,525 discounts on isolation (97 percent)

  • 6.97 million tests, 3.37 million Minnesotans tested (approximately 59 percent of the population)

  • 11.9 percent of Minnesotans vaccinated with at least one dose

New COVID-19 related deaths reported in Minnesota every day

About 97 percent of Minnesotans known to be infected with COVID-19 in the pandemic have reached the point where they no longer need to be isolated.

State officials continue to warn that hopeful trends are still weak, noting that the new virus strains are arriving in the United States, including two cases of the Brazilian strain and 18 of the British variant so far confirmed in Minnesota.

Cases divided by age groups, regions

People in their 20s still make up the age group with the state’s largest number of confirmed cases – more than 89,000 since the pandemic began, including more than 47,000 among people aged 20 to 24.

New Minnesota COVID-19 cases by age, adjusted for population

The number of high school teens confirmed with the disease has also grown by more than 36,000 cases aged 15 to 19 years since the pandemic began.

Although they are less likely to feel the worst effects of the disease and end up being hospitalized, experts worry young people, and young adults unknowingly spread it to older relatives and members of other vulnerable populations.

People can get coronavirus and spread COVID-19 when they have no symptoms.

Cases are dragging down across all regions of the state after a late December, early January.

New COVID-19 cases distributed in the Minnesota region

Caseloads are still heaviest among colored

In Minnesota and across the country, COVID-19 has hit color communities disproportionately harsh in both cases and deaths. This has especially been the case Minnesotans of Latin American descent too much of the pandemic.

New COVID-19 cases per  Inhabitant by race

Although the number of new cases continues to decline from the end of November, the beginning of December peaks, the data show that Latino people continue to be hit hard.

Distrust of the governmentalong with deep-rooted health and economic disparities have hampered efforts to increase testing among color communities, officials say, especially among unauthorized immigrants, who fear their personal information could be used to deport them.

On Thursday, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm also acknowledged the need to ensure that vaccination opportunities are spread fairly.

Malcolm said the state will soon release data on vaccinations, race and ethnicity. Officials say they are trying to improve data quality. Under state law, it has been shared voluntarily and may therefore be inconsistent.

Percentage of COVID-19 test to return positive

COVID-19 in Minnesota

Data in these graphs are based on the Minnesota Department of Health’s cumulative totals released at. 11 a day. You can find more detailed statistics about COVID-19 at Health Department website.


Recent developments

St. Cloud VA begins vaccinating key employees

St. The Cloud VA Health Care System now offers the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans who are also key frontline workers.

St. Cloud VA has vaccinated its healthcare professionals, long-term care and veterans 75 and older. Now VA officials are planning vaccines for enrolled veterans who are important front-line workers, regardless of age or state of health. They include first responders, teachers, grocer, postal workers, correctional officers and those working in food, agriculture, production and public transport.

JD Anderson, head of pharmacy at St. Cloud, said they have seen great interest among veterans to get the vaccine.

“I think we had two absences the last two days, even though we’ve had stable temperatures below zero,” Anderson said. “We have a very tough group that is very eager to receive vaccination.”

Anderson added that the VA is preparing to move on to the next phase, which includes veterans 65 and older, and those with underlying health conditions.

– Kirsti Marohn | MPR News

Walz’s emergency powers extended again for another month

DFL government Tim Walz has once again expanded his emergencies to coordinate Minnesota’s response to the pandemic.

The latest extension through March 15 means Minnesota will have been in peacetime for at least a year.

Walz said other Democrats who control the House have been willing to tackle issues like a mandate that covers the entire country. But he said Republicans, who control the state Senate, have refused to act, leaving him no choice but to issue executive orders.

“If I did not want hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans to be deported, if I did not have my ability to order PPE and switch the national guard to give vaccine, all this would end if the emergency orders used by 49 out of 50 governors will be brought back, ”the governor said.

Walz first signed an executive order in March last year allowing him to speed up contracts, mobilize the National Guard and make other unilateral decisions to manage the pandemic. In his latest order, Walz said increased vaccination and recent infection trends are leaving him with hopes that the pandemic will begin to subside.

Brian Bakst and Mark Zdechlik MPR News


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