Minnesota’s COVID-19 death toll passed another milestone on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll from the pandemic to 8,011 with 18 more fatalities recorded by the state health department .
The last time Minnesota marked such a point was in April when the state passed 7,000 deaths. It took 157 days to add nearly 1,000 deaths, the longest stretch of the pandemic.
This is because vaccines have been widely available since spring. While there have been 118 deaths of vaccinated residents, that is just 0.004 percent of the more than 3 million fully vaccinated.
Inspired by the more contagious Delta version of the coronavirus, success cases are on the rise, but 99 percent of fully vaccinated people in Minnesota have not reported a successful infection.
The latest deaths were in their early 40s to late 80s, of whom 13 lived in private homes and five were in long-term care. Of these, one died in December and one in August, the rest in September 16.
Since the outbreak began, about 1.2 percent of Minnesotans who have tested positive have died of COVID-19.
About 87 per cent of the deaths from COVID-19 are senior citizens. But health officials say serious cases are on the rise among younger people, especially those who haven’t been vaccinated.
The overall death toll has been rising gradually since mid-August and the current rolling-seven-day average is around 13 fatalities per day.
Minnesota reported 6,352 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 690,391. The state only reports data for business days, so Tuesday’s reported cases extend over the previous weekend.
Of those who tested positive since March 2020, around 96 per cent have been cured. An estimated 16,200 people with active infections are recovering at home.
791 patients, including 222, are hospitalized in critical condition. More than 37,000 people have needed hospital care since the pandemic began, with 7,500 requiring intensive care.
Minnesota has given 6.3 million doses of the vaccine and 3.3 million people have received one shot. More than 71 percent of the vaccine-eligible population has received at least one shot.