MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As nearly 70% of those ages 12 and up have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, Minnesota health officials on Thursday reported 1,355 additional virus cases and eight more deaths.
Meanwhile, the state’s latest positivity rate is hovering around 5.3% as of Aug. 11 due to data lag. The state breached the “caution” status in early August. The seven-day rolling average has been increasing since early July when it was at 1.1%.READ MORE: After 18 Months And Millions In Lost Revenue, Guthrie Theater To Reopen Next Week
Other health risk measure categories, like case growth and hospitalization rate, have also been increasing since early July.READ MORE: State Of Minnesota Offer Pfizer Booster Shots, Alongside Places Like Hy-Vee, Thrifty White
Thursday’s update from the Minnesota Department of Health puts the state’s COVID-19 death toll at 7,750, with over 4,500 of the deaths among those living in long-term care or assisted living facilities.
In hospitals as of Wednesday, there are 121 patients with COVID-19 requiring intensive care unit beds. An additional 352 patients with the virus need non-ICU beds. In total, 34,293 patients have needed hospitalization for the virus since the pandemic began.MORE NEWS: COVID In Minnesota: Nearly 3,000 New Cases, 27 Deaths Reported
For vaccinations, over 6 million doses have been administered in the state since December. About 55% of the total population has now been fully vaccinated. That includes 89% of those ages 65 and up, and 65% of those 12 and up.
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