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Minnesota reports 1,120 new COVID-19 cases

By: - August 9, 2021 4:09 pm

A “prone team,” prepares to turn a COVID-19 patient onto his stomach in an intensive care unit on April 24, 2020. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images.

Minnesota reported 1,120 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, according to an update from the Minnesota Department of Health Monday.

Nearly 300 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday, 87 of them in intensive care units. That’s almost three times the number of hospitalizations in early July. Daily case totals and hospitalizations have been rising amid the state’s fourth wave of the pandemic, although they remain far below the last surge in April. 

State health officials say the highly contagious Delta variant accounts for more than 75% of Minnesota’s cases, which poses a threat to unvaccinated people. Vaccinated people can also become ill and spread it to others, but the number of breakthrough cases remains very small.

About 64% of Minnesotans over 12 — more than 3 million people — are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 68% have received at least one dose.

Minnesota doesn’t provide regular updates on breakthrough case numbers. In late July, the state said roughly 3,880 fully vaccinated people had tested positive for COVID-19 — fewer than 0.1% of people with the completed vaccine series.  

More than 70 Minnesota counties are experiencing “substantial” or “high” community transmission of the virus, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control, up from 14 in late July. The CDC recommends universal indoor mask-wearing in areas with substantial or high spread.

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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.