Covid-19 Cases are Back in MN

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According to Star Tribune, Covid-19 cases are reportedly increasing recently above 10% threshold level, however hospitalization are still low due to higher immunity level in the population.

Dr. Dimitri Drekonja, an infectious disease specialist with the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, told the Tribune “People are eager to move on from the pandemic but should still take precautions such as staying up to date with vaccinations and wearing masks on public transportation — whether it is mandated or not. [The] message needs to shift from ‘we’re moving on‘ to ‘we’re better off but still at risk and can be better‘.”

New Covid-19 cases of reinfection are also reportedly increasing suggesting that vaccine induced immunity is probably waning too, writes Star Tribune. The recently increased Covid cases are reportedly caused by Omicron BA.2 subvariant.

Recent reports have indicated increased virus load in the Twin Cities wastewater sampling analysis.

The Tribune writes that demand of vaccination is also rising in recent weeks primarily due to second booster shot. Quoting the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, the Tribune reports that the ‘all Minnesota counties are listed at low COVID-19 risk’ by the agency.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of April 21, 9 p.m.) 720,813,845 doses have been distributed and 571,201,893 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data a total of 9,728,068 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of April 21) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,442,396 with 12,482 deaths.