May 16 update on COVID-19 in MN: Vaccination pace remains near lowest point since February


3 issues to know

  • 61.5 % of Minnesotans 16 and older with no less than one vaccine dose; 52.7 % — greater than 2.3 million individuals — are actually fully vaccinated

  • Common variety of new instances under 1,000 a day

  • State masks mandate lifted, following new CDC steering

Up to date: Could 16, 11:45 a.m.

The common variety of new COVID-19 instances in Minnesota every day remained under 1,000 on Sunday, the bottom degree seen in additional than two months.

However the tempo of COVID vaccinations in Minnesota — regardless of a slight enhance — additionally remained caught close to its lowest level in additional than two months.

Averaged over the previous week, as of Sunday the state is administering fewer than 36,000 vaccine doses every day. That’s down from greater than 48,000 a day at first of Could, and greater than 60,000 a day on the peak in April.

Listed below are Minnesota’s newest COVID-19 statistics:

  • 7,296 deaths (10 new)

  • 594,427 constructive instances; 97 % off isolation

  • 61.5 % of Minnesotans 16 and older with no less than one vaccine dose; 52.7 % fully vaccinated

It’s not clear how Minnesota’s resolution to drop the statewide mask-wearing order as of Friday will have an effect on the vaccination effort going ahead. Officers, although, acknowledge they should do extra to get unvaccinated Minnesotans to get their photographs.

Graph showing when Minnesota is on target to vaccinated 70% of adults

“The virus remains to be on the market in our group,” state infectious illness director Kris Ehresmann instructed reporters Friday. “It is nonetheless very a lot a menace to those that usually are not vaccinated.”

Ehresmann famous that some settings — notably well being care amenities and public transit — will nonetheless require masks, even with the state mandate ended.

Regardless of the gradual vaccination tempo, the illness metrics proceed to indicate Minnesota’s spring case surge easing. The brand new-case pattern stays under 1,000 a day, the bottom it’s been in almost two months.

The depend of identified, lively COVID-19 instances got here in Sunday at 8,793 — lower than half its most up-to-date excessive of round 20,000 in mid-April, and the bottom degree since March 17.

Active, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota

As of Friday there have been 464 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 in Minnesota; 123 wanted intensive care. Each figures proceed to pattern down from their current peaks. New hospital admissions have dropped considerably.

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

Ten newly reported deaths Sunday put Minnesota’s pandemic toll at 7,296. Amongst those that have died, about 60 % had been dwelling in long-term care or assisted-living amenities; most had underlying well being issues.

New COVID-19 related deaths reported in Minnesota each day

The state has recorded 594,427 whole confirmed or possible instances thus far within the pandemic, together with the 805 posted Sunday. About 97 % of Minnesotans identified to be contaminated with COVID-19 within the pandemic have recovered to the purpose the place they now not must isolate.

New COVID-19 cases per day in Minnesota

Regionally, all components of Minnesota are in higher form than they had been in late November and early December. Case counts had crept up throughout the state throughout April, however the pattern 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.

Youth, younger grownup counts regarding

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

Folks of their 20s nonetheless make up the age bracket with the state’s largest variety of confirmed instances — greater than 110,000 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 48,000 15-to-19-year-olds identified to be contaminated through the pandemic.

Though younger individuals 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 kinfolk and members of different susceptible populations. These with the COVID-19 virus can unfold it once they don’t have signs.

Vaccinations stagger ahead

Greater than 2.7 million residents 16 and older now have no less than one vaccine dose; greater than 2.3 million have accomplished their vaccinations as of Sunday’s replace.

That works out to about 52.7 % of the 16-and-older inhabitants fully vaccinated and greater than 61 % with no less than one shot, together with 88 % of these 65 and older.

A line chart.

The vaccination tempo has plummeted in current weeks. Minnesota’s seven-day common charge of latest first-dose vaccinations fell under 10,000 a day on Friday for the primary time since Jan. 24, and remained virtually unchanged in Saturday’s and Sunday’s updates.

Minnesota’s taking a look at some attainable incentives to draw these nonetheless unvaccinated to get their photographs. Gov. Tim Walz has broached the concept of free fishing licenses to individuals who get vaccinated, as a attainable thought. “We’ll proceed to discover that,” Minnesota Well being Commissioner Jan Malcolm instructed reporters Friday.

Chart of vaccinations by race
Graph projecting when most Minnesotans will get vaccinated

Projections by MPR Information knowledge reporter David Montgomery

Eligible Minnesotans can now stroll in for a COVID-19 vaccination with out an appointment on the state’s group vaccination program areas.

COVID-19 in Minnesota

Knowledge in these graphs are based mostly on the Minnesota Division of Well being’s cumulative totals launched at 11 a.m. every day. Yow will discover extra detailed statistics on COVID-19 on the Well being Division web site.

Newest developments

Regardless of new steering, masks nonetheless required in Minnesota faculty buildings

Minnesota faculty leaders are reminding households, college students and workers that masks are nonetheless required in class buildings.

Gov. Tim Walz lifted Minnesota’s masks mandate Friday, however stated college students and workers must proceed to put on masks via the top of the varsity 12 months.

Deb Henton, the chief director of the Minnesota Affiliation of Faculty Directors, stated faculty leaders have been getting offended and anxious emails concerning the new steering.

“There’s a good quantity of frustration on the a part of our college leaders who’ve had a protracted 12 months and who’ve held agency and have adopted the mandates,” Henton stated, “after which we now have one thing that appears to be contradictory and a very onerous message for a few of our youngsters and households to obtain.”

Youngsters ages 12 to fifteen acquired federal approval for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week, whereas youthful college students are nonetheless not eligible for vaccination.

— Elizabeth Shockman | MPR Information

High headlines

Might youngsters make vaccinations cool once more?: Youngsters are actually a vital a part of public well being officers’ efforts to get extra individuals vaccinated now that the Pfizer vaccine has been permitted for youngsters 12 and older. This isn’t the primary time that youngsters have performed an essential function in a vaccination marketing campaign. Greater than 50 years in the past, they helped popularize the polio vaccine.

Teenagers bounce at appointments, forward of anticipated COVID-19 vaccine growth: Center schoolers throughout Minnesota are already signing up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments, anticipating that by the top of this week, they’ll be newly eligible to take their first large step towards life as they used to understand it.

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