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Minnesota COVID risk records shattered once again; more than 19% of tests positive

Hospitalizations are up after a decline since mid-December.

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ST. PAUL — Key weekly measures of public health risk continued to skyrocket past record levels in Minnesota Tuesday, Jan. 11, as the highly infectious omicron variant of COVID-19 drives community spread to unprecedented new heights.

The seven-day rolling average rate for positive COVID-19 tests was 19.1% on Jan. 3, the most recent day available for that figure, according to the Minnesota Department of Health's Tuesday COVID-19 situation update. A seven-day rolling average of 134.4 new cases per 100,000 residents also set a new record for the state, topping levels not reached since late 2020.

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Both figures are well beyond the threshold set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as "high-risk" — 10% for tests and 10 cases per 100,000.

After dropping for the past few weeks, hospitalizations for COVID-19 jumped by nearly 100 early this week. As of Tuesday, 1,528 people were in the hospital for COVID-19, 263 of whom were in the ICU. Statewide, 96% of adult and pediatric ICU beds were occupied.

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Following are the MDH COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Tuesday. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 29,487
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 134.4 (as of 1/3)
  • TOTAL CASES, INCLUDING REINFECTIONS: 1,104,494
  • TOTAL REINFECTIONS: 22,098
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 19.1% (as of 1/3)

Tuesday's total cases represent a weekend backlog.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,528
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 52,562
  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 38
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 10,733

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,784,898 or 72.6% of ages 5 and up
  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,550,974 or 68.1% of ages 5 and up
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 1,846,438
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