MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota’s average positivity rate has now risen to 19.1%, breaking records as the state struggles with the broad Omicron variant. Average daily cases have also hit a new record of 134.4 per day. 100,000 inhabitants.
The previous highest for daily new cases was 125.9, recorded in mid-November 2020. Health authorities have set the limit for “high risk” at 10.
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The Minnesota Department of Health reported 29,487 new cases and 38 additional deaths on Tuesday. Four of the deaths occurred in December, MDH reports.
The daily update from MDH shows that since March 2020, there have been 1,104,494 registered cases of COVID-19 in the state, including 22,098 reinfections. A total of 10,838 Minnesota residents have died from COVID.
Experts say the worst of the pandemic is still waiting. On Sunday, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm told WCCO-TV that cases in the coming weeks will “literally skyrocket.”
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“We are going to see the highest numbers we have yet seen in the pandemic, and unfortunately our hospitals are already very, very crowded,” she added.
Admissions per. 100,000 inhabitants rise again after a fall in December. The number is back up to 17.8, and anything above 8 is considered “high risk.”
On Monday afternoon, there were over 1,500 people in Minnesota hospitals with the virus, and 263 of them were in the intensive care unit. Manned ICU beds are in short supply nationwide, with less than 1% available in the metro area. There are only 11 manned pediatric beds available in Minnesota.
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Meanwhile, more than 8.9 million vaccine doses have been administered in Minnesota, including over 1.8 million boosters. Approximately 72.4% of the state’s 5 and older population have received their first dose.