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Minnesota COVID hospitalizations continue drop

The state on Monday reported 45 deaths and 1,485 hospitalizations.

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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.

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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)

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,485
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 49,334
  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 54
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 10,156

Vaccinations

  • 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
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