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0.24% of vaccinated Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19

By: - August 16, 2021 12:57 pm

Vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on a counter at a Walgreens Pharmacy on January 26, 2015 | Photo by Illustration Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

More than 7,100 fully vaccinated Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 — about 0.24% of the state’s fully vaccinated population, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday.

A very small proportion of those breakthrough cases have resulted in hospitalizations or deaths. Just over 580 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 — about 0.02% — and 60 have died in Minnesota. State officials have said that Minnesota’s recent surge in infections, like the waves happening across the country, is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Minnesota reported 1,470 new COVID-19 cases Monday, the seventh consecutive day that positive tests topped 1,000. In mid-June, the state was reporting fewer than 100 cases daily.

On Friday, 411 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, 109 of them in intensive care units. That’s double the number of hospitalizations at the end of July.

State health officials recently reported a worrying trend of increasing hospitalizations among children and teens across the state, although serious illness for kids remains rare compared to other age groups.

Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Friday that 83 kids and teens under 19 have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the past two months, 25 of them in the past two weeks. Children under 12 aren’t yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine — although the shot could be approved for kids this fall or winter — which makes them vulnerable to the highly contagious Delta variant.

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Rilyn Eischens
Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the Reformer. Rilyn is a Minnesota native and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.

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