Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Pandemic data steady; vaccination pace falling


3 issues to know

  • Gov. Tim Walz pronounces a Could 28 finish to COVID-19 restrictions and an finish to the state masks mandate by July 1

  • 59.3 % of Minnesotans 16 and older have acquired no less than one dose; 46.1 % — greater than 2 million folks — are actually utterly vaccinated

  • Vaccination tempo continues to slip

Up to date 2:11 p.m.

The state’s newest COVID-19 information reveals the spring case wave ebbing, but additionally reveals a continued, regarding drop within the tempo of vaccinations.

Nonetheless, the progress in opposition to the pandemic is sufficient that Gov. Tim Walz Thursday unveiled plans to finish the state’s COVID-19 restrictions by Could 28 and finish the masks sporting mandate by July 1.

Walz made it clear to reporters that he believed the tip of the pandemic is in sight, however he additionally pleaded with still-unvaccinated Minnesota adults to get their pictures.

Vaccination tempo sliding

About 2.6 million residents 16 and older now have no less than one vaccine dose; greater than 2 million have now accomplished their vaccinations as of Thursday’s replace.

That works out to greater than 46 % of the 16-and-older inhabitants utterly vaccinated and greater than 59 % with no less than one shot, together with 87 % of these 65 and older.

Minnesota’s vaccination tempo, nevertheless, has been falling in latest weeks. It’s down now to its lowest degree in additional than two months with indications of a big drop in demand.

Newly reported COVID-19 vaccine doses in Minnesota

The state’s vaccination efforts have been hampered by provide cuts, notably of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Officers, nevertheless, additionally acknowledge the state should do extra to attach unvaccinated folks to pictures.

The work to achieve out to individuals who haven’t but been vaccinated “will likely be a bit tougher” than when Minnesotans have been lining up for the pictures, state infectious illness director Kris Ehresmann mentioned Tuesday.

“We acknowledge successes are going to be onerous to come back by on this part,” she mentioned. “Anytime we transfer up by a proportion level [in people vaccinated], that’s an enormous deal.”

Graph projecting when most Minnesotans will get vaccinated

Projections by MPR Information information reporter David Montgomery

The rely of recognized, lively COVID-19 instances got here in at 13,659 in Thursday’s numbers — down from the latest excessive of about 20,000 in mid-April and hovering the previous few days at ranges not seen since late March.

Active, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota

Thursday’s report confirmed 565 folks hospitalized with COVID-19 in Minnesota; 152 wanted intensive care. Each figures proceed to development down from their latest peaks.

Graph of new ICU and non-ICU COVID-19 hospitalizations

13 newly reported deaths introduced Minnesota’s pandemic toll to 7,204. Amongst those that have died, about 61 % had been residing in long-term care or assisted residing services; most had underlying well being issues.

New COVID-19 related deaths reported in Minnesota each day

The state has recorded 584,227 whole confirmed or possible instances to this point within the pandemic, together with the 1,661 posted Thursday. About 97 % of Minnesotans recognized to be contaminated with COVID-19 within the pandemic have recovered to the purpose the place they not must isolate.

New COVID-19 cases per day in Minnesota

Regionally, all elements of Minnesota are in higher form than they have been in late November and early December. Case counts had been creeping up the previous few weeks throughout the state, however the development seems to have peaked.

New COVID-19 cases by Minnesota region

Officers proceed to implore Minnesotans to maintain their guard up throughout proms, graduations and different spring occasions, noting that extra contagious COVID-19 variants are driving new instances throughout the state.

“There’s nonetheless a particularly excessive degree of virus circulating all around the state,” Well being Commissioner Jan Malcolm advised reporters Tuesday.

Youth counts regarding

Whereas the general traits are stable, officers are more and more involved in regards to the unfold of COVID-19 in youthful folks. They’ve been urging extra testing of center and highschool college students and weekly testing for athletes, coaches, referees and different youth sports activities members.

Folks of their 20s nonetheless make up the age bracket with the state’s largest variety of confirmed instances — greater than 108,000 because the pandemic started.

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

The variety of excessive school-age youth confirmed with the illness has additionally grown, with greater than 47,000 15-to-19-year-olds recognized to be contaminated through the pandemic.

Though younger persons are much less more likely to really feel the worst results of the illness and find yourself hospitalized, consultants fear they are going to unfold it unknowingly to older relations and members of different susceptible populations. These with the COVID-19 virus can unfold it once they don’t have signs.

Folks attending proms, graduations and different youth-oriented occasions are a particular concern now for well being officers.

The work by colleges and districts to construct safeguards into these occasions “may be utterly undermined if college students and fogeys don’t do their half, as effectively,” Ehresmann advised reporters lately.

Newest developments

Greater than half MN inmates, jail employees vaccinated

Vaccination efforts inside Minnesota’s prisons have led to greater than half of inmates and employees being immunized in opposition to COVID-19.

Statistics stored by the Division of Corrections present that simply shy of 60 % of the 7,100 incarcerated persons are totally vaccinated.

Most acquired the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell advised lawmakers Wednesday that the company is strongly encouraging vaccination.

Prisons are among the many congregate residing settings which have been a supply of concern about virus unfold through the pandemic. There have been greater than 4,000 instances and 12 deaths involving Minnesota inmates.

— Brian Bakst | MPR Information

MN GOP desires amnesty for companies that violated COVID curbs

Republicans within the Minnesota Senate say they need amnesty for companies that violated COVID-19 restrictions.

Republican Senate Majority Chief Paul Gazelka introduced the amnesty proposal as half of a bigger price range provide he made to Home Democrats, a gap bid in end-of-session negotiations that DFL Gov Tim Walz and different Democrats are unlikely to simply accept.

Gazelka desires to waive any penalties levied in opposition to companies for violating government orders issued by Walz the previous yr in response to the pandemic.

“We’re nearing the tip, I imagine. And as we get via this, a lot of these small companies had many hardships, and I believe that is one thing that might actually make this go higher,” mentioned Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake.

Senate Republicans additionally need an end-of-session deal that lifts all the governor’s government orders, together with masks necessities, he added.

— Tim Pugmire | MPR Information

High headlines

Bus depot pop-up clinics spotlight Minnesota’s evolving vaccine technique: Because the once-high demand for COVID-19 vaccinations has ebbed, public well being officers are adjusting methods for getting pictures to as many Minnesotans as doable. That shift has been on show in Duluth this week, the place nurses have answered questions on vaccines and given out free pictures — no appointment required — within the downtown transit heart.

Nursing dwelling employees lag in COVID-19 vaccinations, however position fashions assist: In keeping with the Minnesota Division of Well being, 57 % of employees in expert nursing properties statewide have their pictures, and a considerably smaller proportion — 48 % — of staff in assisted residing services are vaccinated.

COVID-19 in Minnesota

Information in these graphs are primarily based on the Minnesota Division of Well being’s cumulative totals launched at 11 a.m. each day. You could find extra detailed statistics on COVID-19 on the Well being Division web site.

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