More than 400 Minnesotans hospitalized with COVID-19; positivity rate on the rise

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    More than 400 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19 Tuesday, the highest number in more than two months, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health.

    Of the 411 people hospitalized, 102 were in intensive care units. Minnesota’s test positivity rate — which lags a week — surpassed 5% for the second consecutive day, an indication of a potential wave of infections.

    State officials are hopeful that Minnesota’s increasing pace of vaccinations will limit the severity of a possible surge. As of Monday, more than 1.6 people had received at least one dose of vaccine — 37.6% of the population — and 1 million had a completed vaccine series.

    Minnesota reported 1,660 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and 12 deaths. A total of 519,529 people have tested positive for the virus, and 6,848 have died.

    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.