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CBS Minnesota 12 October, 2021 - 05:00pm

The state's death toll is 8,354 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 56.1% (4,687) were residents of long-term care.

As of Oct. 11, the state reported that 3,430,921 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,262,423 people have completed the vaccine series. The state has administered 190,415 third doses/booster shots.

The percentage of Minnesota's population with at least one shot, based on age group:

58.6% of Minnesota's total population, including children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for the vaccine, has completed the vaccine series. That jumps to 69.4% when excluding kids under the age of 12. MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.

Through Oct. 12, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 990 – up from 960 on Tuesday. Of those hospitalized, 260 people are in intensive care and 730 were in general hospital care.

State health officials have confirmed to Bring Me The News that hospital capacity in Minnesota is at its lowest now compared to any other point during the pandemic, largely due to staffing shortages. 

Here's how many people are currently hospitalized based on regional location, though this doesn't mean that each patient contracted the virus in these specific regions, as they may have been diverted depending upon available staffed beds.

The 2,388 positive results in Wednesday's update were from 29,068 completed tests, creating a test positivity rate of 8.21%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota's test positivity rate over the past seven days is 9.10%.

The World Health Organization recommends that a percent positive rate (total positives divided by total completed tests) of below 5% for at least two weeks is necessary to safely keep the economy open.

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MDH: 24 newly-reported COVID-19 deaths, 2,388 new cases

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ST PAUL, Minn. — Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021  

Daily COVID hospitalizations are inching closer to the 1,000 threshold as health officials keep a wary eye on Minnesota's ongoing battle with the virus and the delta variant. 

Numbers released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) show 990 people being treated for COVID on an inpatient basis as of Tuesday, 260 of them in ICU. It's the highest daily number since Dec. 23 of 2020, when 1,048 were reported hospitalized with the virus. 

Bed availability is low in parts of the state, especially the Twin Cities metro where just 6 ICU beds are listed as open (.9% vacancy) and 49 non-ICU beds are vacant (1.3%). 

In total, 39,447 people have been hospitalized with COVID in Minnesota since the pandemic began. 

MDH reported 24 more deaths from the virus Wednesday, 21 of which occurred in the month of October and three in September. Of those deaths, three involved people in their 30s: Two recorded in Ramsey County, and one from Blue Earth County.   

New cases dipped a bit in the most recent reporting period with 2,388 infections. Health officials say 1,825 of those cases were confirmed by PCR tests, while 563 are considered probable from antigen testing. 

Minnesota's total cases are likely to top 750,000 by the end of the week (749,144 as of Wednesday).  

The state vaccine dashboard says 6,644,085 total doses of COVID vaccine have been administered in Minnesota to date, with 59.3% of them Pfizer, 36.3% Moderna and 4.3% Johnson & Johnson. MDH says 3,262,423 people age 16 and older have completed their shot series and are considered fully vaccinated (70.6%), while 3,430,921 of those eligible have received at least one dose (an even 74%). 

Only 166,459 children ages 12 to 15 have been immunized at least once. 

The daily number of Minnesotans hospitalized with COVID continues to escalate as state's health care providers struggle under the load.  

Data released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shows 960 people were being treated for the virus on an inpatient basis as of Monday, with 254 of those patients requiring ICU care. The last time daily hospital numbers were that high was Dec. 28, 2020, when 964 were reported. 

Total hospitalizations have now reached 39,181 since the start of the pandemic. 

MDH is reporting 7,942 new infections during the reporting period between 4 a.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Monday. The combined numbers are shared Tuesdays as the department no longer issues reports over the weekend. 

The new cases bring Minnesota's total to 746,768.

Ten more people have lost their lives to COVID, bringing fatalities in the state to 8,330. Of the new daily deaths, one involved a person in their early-to-mid 40s from Morrison County, and both Benton and Ramsey County recorded two COVID fatalities. Nine of those listed in Tuesday's report died in October, with one death dating back to September. 

The number of Minnesotans age 16 and up who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has now reached 3,429,066 (74% of those eligible), while 3,260,319 of those (70.5%) have completed their shot series and are considered fully vaccinated. As of Sunday, 166,312 children between 12 and 17 had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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