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Minnesota health officials report 805 new COVID cases, 10 deaths

The new case count continues a trend of slowing case growth as 60% of Minnesotans age 16 or older have had at least one dose of vaccine.

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An illustration of the appearance of a coronavirus, such as the 2019 coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. (Submitted / Centers for Disease Control)

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health officials reported another 805 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths related to the virus.

The new case count continues a downward trend of case growth that began mid-April, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Of the COVID-related fatalities, six people were residents of the Twin Cities metro area. One death was reported in each of Douglas, Rice, Sherburne and St. Louis counties. They ranged in age from their early 60s to 90s. Two people were residents of long-term assisted-living facilities.

While case growth is slowing, several indicators MDH uses to monitor public health risk remain above the “caution” or “high risk” threshold.

Community transmission of COVID-19 remains high. Community transmission is defined as cases of the virus that aren’t traced to other known cases or outbreaks. About 44% of new cases are attributed to community spread. MDH defines community transmission rate above 30% as a “high risk” to public health.

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Hospitalizations for COVID-19 continue to decline. As of Thursday, May 13, 464 people were hospitalized for the virus across Minnesota. Of them, 123 were being treated in intensive-care units. That’s down from a peak on April 22 in the recent spring wave of the virus when 202 people were being treated in intensive-care units across the state.

Vaccination efforts have slowed but continue. As of Thursday, more than 2.7 million Minnesotans age 16 and older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and nearly 2.4 million have completed a vaccine series. Adolescents age 12 to 15 were authorized to receive doses of the Pfizer vaccine Thursday.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 805
  • TOTAL CASES: 594,427
  • TOTAL NO LONGER NEEDING TO BE ISOLATED: 578,338
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 5.8%

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 464

  • TOTAL CUMULATIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 31,393

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 10

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 7,296

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 2,722,944

  • COMPLETED SERIES: 2,325,495

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