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Minnesota reports 3,882 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend

By: - August 31, 2021 3:39 pm

The coronavirus.

Minnesota reported 3,882 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths over the weekend, according to data released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

The state’s test positivity rate has remained above 5% for most of the month as the Delta variant causes a surge in cases in Minnesota and across the country.

Minnesota’s fourth wave of the pandemic is straining hospitals. On Monday, 589 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, 164 of them in intensive care units. The total number of hospitalizations has more than doubled since this time last month, when 241 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. 

In the Twin Cities metro, just 1% of staffed hospital beds are available — about 40 beds. Roughly 3% of staffed beds — 21 beds total — are available in ICUs.

Nearly 1,200 people have gotten vaccinated at the State Fair, which started Thursday. A total of 3.3 million Minnesotans over 12 — 70.5% of the population — have received at least one dose of vaccine.

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Rilyn Eischens
Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a former data reporter for the Minnesota Reformer. Rilyn was born and raised in Minnesota 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.