Minnesotans Drop Off Their Covid-19 Guard

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According to the MPR News, health officials view some Covid-19 disconnection in Minnesota, because the fall surge suggests some people are letting their guard off even though Covid epidemic is not over yet.

Quoting state health officials, the MPR News writes “Minnesota is hitting daily COVID case numbers not seen since the massive spike last fall and winter, and the seven-day positivity rate is now above 10 percent.”

Unfortunately, it’s clear that many people are done with the pandemic, even though the pandemic is not done with them.

– Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota (source: MPR News)

The MPR News writes: “When around 70 percent of the population 18 and older had one vaccine dose and the state opened back up last summer, many people stopped wearing masks in concert venues, restaurants and stadiums. Distancing slowly became, for the most part, a thing of the past. Minnesota’s peacetime state of emergency came to an end, and, in some ways, so did Gov. Tim Walz’ ability to reinstate statewide mitigation rules without major political battles.”

Dr. Leana Wen, who is an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, told CNN Health “I know that the pandemic has been so hard for so many families. We can get through this winter — if we all work together to reduce risk, while restarting the activities we most miss.”

“I think most of the people today in the state don’t feel as if they’re at risk anymore. And for many of them who are fully vaccinated, including having a booster, that’s absolutely true — they are at very, very, very low risk. Those who have had the two doses of vaccine, as well as the single-dose J&J (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine, still are at risk of having a breakthrough,” Dr. Osterholm told MPR News.

Kris Ehresmann, the infectious disease director with the Minnesota Department of Health, told MPR News “The delta variant means that even if we’re fully vaccinated, we do have to be thoughtful. That doesn’t mean that you don’t leave your house, but it does mean that when the CDC has guidance that says, ‘Hey, if you’re in Minnesota, and you’re going into an indoor public setting, you should mask regardless of your vaccination status.’ “

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of Nov 19, 9 a.m.) 562,868,095 doses have been distributed and 448,155,906 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Nov 17 ) a total of 7,512,682 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of Nov 19) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 871,203 (out of 14,457,686 tested) with 9,155 deaths.