December Deadliest Month in Minnesota

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The MPR News reports that the holiday surge of Covid infection that health officials had predicted reportedly surfaced on Tuesday as the latest numbers showing that “the state is slammed again following a three-week December dip in cases” mostly from the Twin Cities metro area.”

State Health Department figures showed seven-day new cases averaging nearly 5,000 a day; known, active cases came in at more than 31,000.

– The MPR News

“Data collected by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show all Minnesota counties except for Norman and Traverse currently with a high level of virus transmission,” report MPR News.

December 021 – The Deadliest Month

According to Star Tribune reporting, the month of December was “the state’s deadliest month of the pandemic in 2021”.

Screenshot Source: Star Tribune

Quoting data from HealthPartners, Star Trubune writes that “73% of its 727 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin over the past month involved unvaccinated people. Among the 99 patients placed on ventilators because of severe breathing difficulties, 89% were unvaccinated.”

At a local long-term care facility, Minnesota Gov Tim Walz told reporters commenting on current tightening hospital bed capacities “I think we are going to approach those peak numbers we saw last November in terms of bed space. And the reason this is so much more concerning is we still had a full complement of the healthcare workforce last November as opposed to now, where we’ve seen it’s down for different reasons.”

High Demand for Testing Sites

There is also reportedly high demand for Covid testing due to ‘public concern over the fast-spreading omicron variant and hourlong lines at existing sites’.

Announcing three additional Covid testing sites in in Anoka, Cottage Grove and North Branch, Gov. Tim Walz said “I can tell you this from personal experience: What starts out as a sore throat and a little bit of sniffles and a back ache, assume in the environment we are in that that is omicron. Get a test. Find out. … The sooner you find out, the sooner you are able to isolate and the sooner you are able to break that chain of spread.”

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of Jan 5, 9 a.m.) 618,076,045 doses have been distributed and 513,839,9733 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Jan 3) a total of 8,783,387 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of Jan 5) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,049,310 (out of 16,343,174 tested) with 10,671 deaths.