Minnesota’s latest coronavirus tally reported on Monday showed no sign of 21 new COVID-19 fatalities and 3,546 new infections reported to the state health department.
The latest deaths were in their 40s to 90s, with fifteen living in private homes and six in long-term care. All 21 deaths occurred in September.
There have been 8,191 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic, of which 4,645 are in long-term care facilities. Another 103 deaths are suspected to be due to COVID-19, but the person never had a positive coronavirus test.
819 patients are hospitalized, out of which 206 are in critical condition. Above 800 were hospitalized in early January, at the end of the state’s biggest surge last time.
The 3,546 new infections reported on Monday were the result of 52,432 tests. The current, seven-day rolling average for test positivity is about 6.4 percent, which is higher than the 5 percent caution threshold that health officials use to determine whether the outbreak is under control.
Minnesota’s weekly number of new cases continues to rise, up from 18,361 last week, up from 15,896 a week earlier. Minnesota is diagnosing about 42 new infections per 100,000 residents each day.
Nearly all new cases in Minnesota and across the US are caused by the more contagious Delta variant. Health officials say vaccination is the best way to avoid serious infections.
Of the approximately 3.2 million fully vaccinated Minnesotans, about 99 percent have not reported a successful infection. However, success cases have become more common with 32,796, or 1 percent of those fully vaccinated, reporting on Monday – 1,690 of them have required hospitalization and 185 have died.
Health officials say almost all serious infections among vaccinated residents are older people.
Minnesota has given 6.4 million doses of the vaccine, with 3.4 million receiving at least one dose. About 72 percent of eligible residents, who are 12 years of age and older, have received at least one shot.