Covid Cases are Declining in MN

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The MPR News reports that the key Covid-19 tracking metrics in Minnesota are reportedly show the Omicron surge is finally retreating as the active cases, positive test rates and hospital bed use all falling steadily.

“Wastewater data released last week by the Metropolitan Council showed COVID-19 rates in the Twin Cities region back to where they were in early November and still falling, as of Jan. 31.”

Jeremy Olson of the Star Tribune writes “The number of COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care in Minnesota hospitals dropped to 178 Monday (Feb 7), the lowest count since Sept. 9 and another sign the latest pandemic wave has peaked.”

At some point, the amount of disease transmission that occurs is bound to be more than can be reasonably fought off by any vaccine.

– Stephanie Meyer, an epidemiology supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 section (source: Star Tribune)

This is a welcome news especially to hospitals and all Covid fatigued Minnesotans. During the Omicron surge, most hospitals were reportedly shot staffed due to pandemic burnout and other factors.

According to Star Tribune, “Minnesota had the 15th highest rate of coronavirus infections among states over the last week as the omicron wave arrived and peaked earlier in other parts of the U.S. The state on Monday reported 5,829 more infections, but a decline in the positivity rate of COVID-19 testing from a peak of 23.6% on Jan. 10 to 16.7% in the seven days ending Jan. 28.”

Jan Malcolm, State Health Commissioner, reportedly told MN Senate health committee that “Minnesota’s long-term outlook in the pandemic depends partly on other variants and how they interact with vaccines and treatments. ‘That’s the wild card. Will there be more variants? What will they be like?‘ “.

“Sewage sampling at the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant in St. Paul has looked for a BA.2 omicron subvariant that has raised concerns because of its faster spread. No sign of that subvariant was detected last week,” writes Star Tribune.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of February 10, 9 a.m.) 674,675,725 doses have been distributed and 545,477,120 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Feb 8) a total of 9,303,485doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of February 10) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,383,555 (out of 18,330,462 tested) with 11,761 deaths.