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Minnesota COVID positive test rate remains at pandemic high

The seven-day rolling average test positivity rate as of Jan. 11, the most recently available date for that figure, was 23.7%, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. It's been at that level for three reports in a row.

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ST. PAUL — The rate of positive COVID-19 tests in Minnesota has remained at a pandemic-long high for several days, offering a possible sign the recent surge of infections has started to level out.

The seven-day rolling average test positivity rate as of Jan. 11, the most recently available date for that figure, was 23.7%, according to the Minnesota Department of Health's report for Monday, Jan. 24. That's the third report in a row the rate has sat at that level. Viral surveillance data of Twin Cities sewage water released by the Metropolitan Council last week also suggest new infections leveled out around the same time.

Minnesota hospitalizations for COVID-19 have remained high for the month of January, with the state on Monday reporting 238 patients in an intensive care unit and 1,328 in standard hospital care for a total of 1,566.

While ICU beds remain in short supply across the state, the overall number of COVID-19 patients who need that level of care has slowly dropped as the omicron variant of the virus came to dominate cases in Minnesota and the U.S. In mid-December, the number of Minnesota patients in an ICU for COVID-19 reached the upper 300s. That number has steadily dropped since.

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

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Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 12,722
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 225.7 (as of 1/11)
  • TOTAL CASES, INCLUDING REINFECTIONS: 1,229,444
  • TOTAL REINFECTIONS: 38,230
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 23.7% (as of 1/11)

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,566
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 55,332
  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 42
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 11,193

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,816,297 or 73.2% of ages 5 and up
  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,575,781 or 68.6% of ages 5 and up
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 1,962,781
Alex Derosier covers Minnesota breaking news and state government for Forum News Service.
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