Minnesota Coronavirus: Cases Continue to Rise

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We are now ending this newsletter – even amid another rise in cases; Over the past two years, readers have come to understand these things well for themselves, and there are many places you can go to get the information you need.

The pandemic is not over and we are not done with it. But as for this newsletter, in the words of Kris Kristofferson, let’s try it again with feeling and we call it a day. -Greta

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This week in the COVID-19 news

Statewide, numbers of COVID-19 cases are higher than last week, which were higher than the week before.

The amount of COVID-19 detected in Twin Cities wastewater has also risen, but may not be rising as quickly as most of last month, according to data from the Metropolitan Council. The most recent wastewater data from non-metro regions of the state also points to a continued rise.

Bookmark this page for Met Council data, including COVID-19 levels and variants in wastewater. This page has levels for different state regions.

In line with a trend we’ve seen for several weeks, ICU hospital admissions in Minnesota have remained flat, but non-ICU hospital admissions continue to rise.

According to spokesman Bonnie Kollodge, the Met Council has discovered the BA.2.12.1 variant — another omicron subvariant that appears to be even more transmissible than BA.2 “stealth” -omicron — in Twin Cities wastewater. She said the new variant has the potential to overtake BA.2. More about that variant here.

Amid the surge in cases, Minneapolis again recommended wearing masks indoors.

In national news, New York City moved into a medium-sized COVID risk category on Tuesday, as the BA.2 omicron variant is causing a rise in the number of cases. Hospital admissions and deaths remain low, the New York Times reported.

Cases

Data from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shows that between April 27 and May 3, the state added 9,203 new cases of COVID-19, an average of 1,314 new cases per day — an increase from last week, with an average of 1,287 cases. per day.

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To track the daily number of COVID-19 cases, bookmark MinnPost’s COVID-19 dashboardwhich we will continue to update.

Deaths and Hospitalizations

Minnesota has reported 18 COVID-19 deaths since last Wednesday. Last week, the state reported 19 deaths. (Deaths did not necessarily occur in the week they were reported, as deaths are not always reported and confirmed immediately.)

Us dashboard also tracks daily deaths.

COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations are flat compared to last week, while non-ICU hospitalizations have increased. As of Tuesday, 22 people are in intensive care with COVID-19, while 283 are in hospital and not in intensive care. Last Tuesday, 20 people were in intensive care and 235 were hospitalized and not in intensive care.

Minnesota hospitalization data for COVID-19 is updated daily. bookmark this page to check the most recent numbers.

Vaccines

The most recent data shows that 66.5 percent of Minnesota residents had completed a series of primary vaccines against COVID-19, while 45.9 percent were aware of their vaccinations (meaning they completed the primary series and have been boosted if recommended). A week ago, those numbers were the same.

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