Minnesota COVID hospitalizations continue drop
The state on Monday reported 45 deaths and 1,485 hospitalizations.
ST. PAUL — The number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 continues to drop in Minnesota, according to numbers released Monday, Dec. 20, by the state's public health agency.
The state now has 1,485 hospitalizations, continuing a drop that started last week. However, health care resources remain taxed by the level of hospitalizations. Nearly 98% of adult intensive care unit beds remain occupied in the state. of the current COVID-19 hospitalizations, 366 are in an ICU.
Monday's COVID-19 report offered further encouraging signs that the rate of infection in Minnesota could be easing once again. Rolling seven-day case rates per 100,000 and positive test rates marked one week of decline.
The seven-day average positivity rate dipped to 9.6% — below the 10% threshold of high community transmission risk. The seven-day rolling average case rate per 100,000 dropped to 60.1 — still well above the "high risk" threshold of 10, but down from a 2021 peak of 86.5 set in early December. Both averages are from Dec. 10, the most recently available date for averages.
Following are the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Monday Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.
Statewide case rates
- NEW CASES: 3,397
- SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 61 (as of 12/10)
- TOTAL CASES, INCLUDING REINFECTIONS: 982,664
- TOTAL REINFECTIONS: 12,108
- SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 9.6% (as of 12/10)
- ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,485
- TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 49,334
- DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 54
- TOTAL DEATHS: 10,156
- FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,716,459 or 71.3% of ages 5 and up
- COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,482,276 or 66.8% of ages 5 and up
- BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 1,514,732