The death toll from Minnesota’s latest coronavirus surge continues to rise, with 40 more fatalities being reported by the state health department on Wednesday.
Deaths are not reported uniformly and Wednesday’s numbers include one from July and one from December 2020. But the rest – from September 23 and from October 15 – are from the ongoing spike in cases driven by the more infectious Delta variant.
Minnesota has reported 40 or more fatalities in a single day in 2021. Two of them were when the data backlog was reported and the rest were during the end of the state’s biggest boom that began and ended in the fall of 2020. Winter of 2021.
Those whose deaths were reported on Wednesday ranged in age from their late 20s to early 90s, with 29 living in private homes, nine in long-term care, one in a behavioral health facility and one in a motel. In.
The death toll stands at 8,243, of whom 4,657 are long-term care residents. Another 113 people are suspected to have died due to COVID-19, but that person never had a positive coronavirus test.
About 87 per cent of those who have died of COVID-19 are seniors and residents under 40 account for 84 deaths.
Another 3,886 coronavirus cases were registered by the state health authorities on Wednesday. The state’s test positivity rate is around 7.2 per cent and is rising again after a relative plateau of around 6 per cent in a few weeks.
Health officials say anything over 5 percent is a sign that the epidemic is not under control. The rate of hospitalizations and new cases is also well above the state’s caution limit.
864 patients are hospitalized, including 224 in intensive care – the highest number of beds filled with COVID-19 patients in the year. Intensive care beds are in short supply in most parts of the state and the Twin Cities Metro is also facing a shortage of regular hospital beds.
The hospital capacity crunch is not due to lack of space, but to the lack of trained staff.
Health officials say vaccines are the best way to avoid serious illness and the spread of coronavirus. Breakthrough infections are becoming more common, but about 99 percent of the 3.1 million fully vaccinated Minnesotans have not reported a successful case.
Minnesota has given 6.4 million doses of the vaccine and 3.4 million people have received at least one dose. About 73 percent of eligible Minnesotans, ages 12 and older, have received at least one shot.