Minpost provides updates on the coronavirus in Minnesota from Sunday to Friday. The information is published after a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the Minnesota Department of Health releases daily COVID-19 figures.
Here are the latest updates from June 2, 2021:
601,645 cases; 7,427 deaths
No additional COVID-19 deaths were announced by the Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday. The death toll from the pandemic is 7,427.
Due to the Memorial Day holiday, information posted by MDH on Wednesday includes data for two days.
MDH has reported an average of 4.8 deaths per day over the past week, a seven-day rate that has dropped sharply from about 10 last Wednesday. However, changes in reporting data from MDH and holiday weekends may have affected the latest information.
Minnesota has a total of 601,645 cases of COVID-19, the MDH said on Wednesday. The number is 128 more than the total announced on Tuesday and is based on 4,322 new tests. Seven day case positivity rate, which is a day behind, at 3.4 percent. This is well below the threshold of 5 per cent, which the state considers a sign of the spread of the disease. This is down from 3.9 per cent a day earlier.
As of Monday, the most recent data available, 2,930,767 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This is about 52.7 percent of the state’s population and an increase of 4,465 from the day before. MDH says 64.7 percent of Minnesotans age 16 and older have at least one COVID-19 dose.
The state reports that 2,602,326 Minnesotans, about 46.8 percent of the total population, have completed a vaccine series. Roughly 59 percent of Minnesotans age 16 and older are fully vaccinated.
The most recent available data show 76 Minnesotans are hospitalized in intensive care with COVID-19, and 184 are not in hospital with COVID-19 in intensive care. On Tuesday, MDH reported 79 Minnesotans in the ICU and 170 hospitalizations, but not in intensive care. You can find More information about Minnesota’s current ICU use and capacity here.
The MDH commissioner, Jan Malcolm, said Minnesota’s declining number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths could be attributed to vaccination, but also to other forces, such as the already infected and natural immunity acquired from warm weather. When people gather outside, there is less chance of the spread of COVID-19.
Still, she said it was too early to tell whether cases would see an upward trend in the weeks following Memorial Day gatherings and after the mask mandate was dropped.
Equity gap in vaccination persists
The state’s director of COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Dr. Nathan Chomilo told reporters that Black and Latino Minnesotans have seen the biggest increase in vaccination rates in the past week of available data, but are still lagging behind white residents.
As of May 22, about 45.3 percent of Black Minnesotans age 16 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 48.4 percent of Latino residents in that age group have had at least one dose. Roughly 45.6 percent of US Indian residents aged 16+ have at least one dose, compared with about 60.
Roughly 66.3 percent of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the state, who are 16 years of age and older, have at least one vaccine dose.
Chomilo said about 62.4 percent of Minnesotans aged 16 and older have been vaccinated in areas that rank highest on the federal Social Vulnerability Index, which measures several factors such as poverty and transportation access. Meanwhile, about 72.1 percent of people in places with low SVI rankings, meaning they are generally wealthy, have at least one shot.
More community spread seen with rarer forms
Health officials estimate that about 85 percent of current cases in the state are caused by variants of COVID-19, the most common of which is the B117 variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom.
Chris Ehrsmann, MDH’s director of infectious diseases, said the state was primarily looking at other major forms among people who had recently traveled, but added that “there is less evidence of international travel and more evidence that these Versions are now circulating within the community.”
Ehrsmann said the state has identified 1,657 cases of the domesticated variants B1427 and B1429, which were first identified in California and New York, as well as 217 cases of the B1351 variant first identified in South Africa, 306 cases of the P1 variant. were previously recognized. 39 cases of the trio of B1617 variants were identified for the first time in Brazil and India.
Ehrsmann said the B1351 and P1 variants are particularly related because people are hospitalized after contracting the strains at higher rates. “The positive news is that we’ve heard and the data has shown that vaccines have shown some level of protection against these types,” Ehrsmann said.
Nearly 2,000 sign up for incentives
The MDH commissioner, Malcolm, said about 2,000 Minnesotans have registered to receive one of the free vaccine prizes offered by the state such as fishing licenses and state fair tickets.
the state is offer incentives For the first 100,000 people vaccinated between May 27 and June 30. Eligible people can verify when they received their first dose and choose a reward mn.gov/covid19/summer.
Malcolm said that “there’s a nice distributed mix from which they’re choosing incentives.”
“We think it’s having an effect,” Malcolm said. “I think we’ll definitely get more data as we get a few more days here under our belts but we’re encouraged by the feedback.”
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MDH’s coronavirus website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
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