Minnesota added 3,714 new coronavirus infections on Friday and 17 more COVID-19 deaths were recorded by the state health department.
New cases are not recorded in a uniform manner, but Friday’s numbers are one of the latest wave of infections. The current, seven-day rolling average for new cases is around 2,500 per day, the state’s biggest drop since the end of 2020.
Almost all new infections are caused by the more infectious Delta variant, which health officials say can lead to more serious illness.
The latest deaths were in their 30s to 80s with 13 living in private homes, two in long-term care and one in a behavioral health facility. 14 deaths occurred in September, one in August and two in January.
799 patients, including 209 in critical condition, are hospitalized. An estimated 20,700 people with active infections are recovering at home.
Minnesota has tested 12.5 million samples from 5.6 million residents since the pandemic began. That means nearly all of the state’s 5.7 million residents have been tested at least once.
The cumulative rate of test positivity is around 5.7 per cent. For more information about tests and vaccines, visit: mn.gov/covid19.
Health officials say vaccines are the best way to avoid serious infections. Of the 3.1 million fully vaccinated residents, 99 percent have not reported a successful infection.
Minnesota has given 6.4 million doses of the vaccine and 3.4 million people have received at least one dose. About 72 percent of the vaccineable population ages 12 and older have received at least one shot.