Minnesota health officials reported 22 more deaths on Monday and 2,803 new infections were reported.
The latest deaths ranged in age from their 30s to their 90s, with 18 living in private homes and four in long-term care. All 22 deaths occurred in September and the death toll has risen to 8,098 since the pandemic began.
The 2,803 new cases were a result of about 48,500, for a test-positivity rate of about 5.7 percent, above the 5 percent caution threshold. The rate of new infections and patients requiring hospital care continues to rise as the fourth wave of infections continues in the state.
Minnesota only reports new pandemic data on business days and Monday’s numbers are up from the previous Friday.
755 patients were hospitalized, including 212 in critical condition. An estimated 18,500 people with active infections are recovering at home.
Minnesota has been diagnosing 700,000 infections since the outbreak began in March 2020. So far 699,966 cases have been reported, and 96 per cent of them have been sufficiently cured, they no longer need to be isolated.
Health officials say the best way to avoid serious infections is through vaccination. However, breakthrough infections are increasing, but are rarely serious.
Of the 3.1 million fully vaccinated Minnesotans, there are 28,047 who tested positive, 1,495 who required hospital care and 160 who died – all fractions of a percentage point.
Minnesota has given 6.3 million doses of the vaccine and 3.3 million residents have received at least one shot.