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Minnesota’s COVID-19 surge stretches on

By: - November 15, 2021 4:07 pm

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Minnesota reported 5,266 new COVID-19 cases Monday as the state’s fourth wave of the pandemic stretches on.

Cases here are growing faster than anywhere else in the country, The New York Times reported Monday, with 67 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past week — far surpassing the national rate of 24 new cases per 100,000 residents.

The test positivity rate — which lags by a week — is nearing 10%, which state health officials designated the “high risk” threshold.

The surge continues to strain Minnesota’s hospitals as well, with 1,282 people hospitalized with COVID-19 Friday. That’s the highest number so far in 2021. In northeast Minnesota, there were no intensive care unit beds available, and just 12 were open in the metro area — or roughly 1% of the region’s hospital beds.

More than 3.5 million Minnesotans — or nearly 68% of the state’s population over age 5 — have at least one dose of vaccine, and 63.6% are fully vaccinated.

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Rilyn Eischens
Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the 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.