CDC: MN is Not High Covid Risks

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Jeremy Olson, Pulitzer Prize-winning Star Tribune reporter, writes quoting CDC (the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that as the new cases of Covid dropped significantly in Minnesota, the state has also been dropped from the list of high-risk states.

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm reported said in a statement last Friday “The decreasing disease burden in Minnesota gives us reason to anticipate brighter days ahead. While relieved to see COVID-19 case numbers drop, people (should) stay up-to-date with vaccinations and use the layers of protection they feel appropriate in light of their community and personal circumstances.”

“This is the first time we’ve been in this room that felt a little like pre-COVID for many of us. The numbers today on the COVID front are as good as they’ve been since last August, in some cases better than it’s been the whole time. There’s every reason to believe that from hospitalizations to vaccination rates to a return to most basic economic activities, we’re exactly on the right path.”

– Gov. Tim Walz (source: MinPost)

According to Olson, as of Thursday afternoon “Hennepin County and 59 other Minnesota counties in the low range, while keeping a cluster of 24 mostly central counties in the moderate range” based on CDC’s new guidance based on the rate of COVID-19 admissions and bed usage in local hospitals.

Just over two-months before (mid-December), MN hospitals were reportedly “at or over capacity during the surge in mid-December, when leaders of Twin Cities health systems made a joint public plea for people to get vaccinated, wear masks and practice social distancing”.

Quoting public health officials, Olson writes that they predict “at least a prolonged break from COVID-19 in Minnesota, because of the high level of temporary immunity through recent infections or vaccination”.

Recent sampling results of Metropolitan waster water treatment also found declining Coronavirus in the Twin Cities.

We expect to see BA.2 … become the dominant omicron subvariant in the coming weeks.

– John Schadl, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Council, which operates the plant (source: Star Tribune)

Though the incidence of Omicron sub-variant is still low, the World Health Organization (WHO) said “the subvariant should still be closely monitored for its ability to spark infection waves”.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of March 6, 9 a.m.) 693,429,635 doses have been distributed and 555,112,353 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of March 1) a total of 9,429,719 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of March 3) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,417,015 (out of 18,845,272 tested) with 12,172 deaths.