46 more deaths and 3,457 new infections – Twin Cities

Minnesota added 46 more COVID-19 deaths and 3,457 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, according to the latest pandemic data from the state Department of Health.

The most recent deaths reported ranged in age from their early 40s to the late 90s. Seven lived in long-term care, one in a motel and 38 in private homes.

The death toll is now 9,093 since the pandemic began, including 4,850 in long-term care. More than 3,700 deaths have been recorded in 2021.

The 3,457 new cases put the state at a total of 861,235 with more than 9,400 people testing positive more than once. The current seven-day average for test positivity is over 10 percent.

Hospital admissions continue to increase with 1,382 patients requiring care, including 320 in critical condition. Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday morning that two teams of doctors from the U.S. Department of Defense were on their way to Minnesota to help with staff shortages.

Walz also said a third alternative nursing home would open in St. Louis. Paul to take care of non-emergency patients.

Less than 10 percent of the state’s hospital beds are empty, and in some parts of the state, including the Twin Cities subway, vacant beds that are adequately staffed are even harder to find.

Health authorities say vaccines are the best way to avoid a serious infection and slow down the spread of coronavirus. However, there has been a significant increase in the number of infections in people who are fully vaccinated, which has led health authorities to recommend boosters to all adults.

Minnesota has administered 7.3 million doses of vaccine and more than 715,000 boosters. More than 3.5 million have received at least one dose of vaccine, about 68 percent of the eligible population.

Children 5 to 11 were recently eligible, and more than 44,000 have received their first shots.

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