Social Gathering Major COVID Cause in MN

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Day 217: Stay Safe Minnesota

Minnesota health officials are warning citizen that social gatherings are the main cause of recent covid spread in the state.

As the COVID-19 cases are rising in Minnesota, top health officials are urging Minnesotans “to rethink their plans for large family gatherings at Thanksgiving and other upcoming holidays, warning they pose a rising risk”. Talking to reporters on Monday, Gov. Tim Walz pleaded Minnesotans “to do more to stem the disease’s rampant spread”.

We can write a different story about what COVID-19 does in Minnesota, but it’s going to take all of us. The next six to 12 weeks are going to be critical in this fight on COVID.

Gov. Tim Waltz (source: MPR News)

The Governor urged Minnesotans “to stick with mask-wearing and social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19″.

In the Star Tribune, reporter Jeremy Olson writes: “New infections were reported Monday in 83 of Minnesota’s 87 counties. The latest White House report on Minnesota listed 12 mostly rural counties as being in the “red zone” because their new infection rates had risen above 100 per 100,000 people a week”.

“Doctors at HCMC in Minneapolis and other safety-net hospitals around the country joined in calls for increased public compliance. Dr. James Miner, HCMC’s chief of emergency medicine, said he can see the gradual erosion of compliance that occurs at sporting events and other activities.”

Talking to reporters, state infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann told reporters that ‘mask-wearing alone provides limited protection if people don’t avoid large crowds’.

Fewer people means less risk, but it doesn’t mean no risk. Outside means less risk, but it doesn’t mean no risk. Masks mean less risk but not no risk. That is why we say the more layers of protection you build in, the better off we are.

Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director (source: Star Tribune)

The rising cases in the Greater Minnesota is believed spillover from neighboring states with high incidence. “Case growth has been more pronounced in Greater Minnesota, particularly the western part of the state. Spillover from North Dakota and South Dakota — two states experiencing sharp spread of the disease — are one reason Minnesota’s western regions are being hit hard. It’s also because there is more resistance to following public health guidelines such as wearing masks and social distancing,” MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm recently told to reporters.

In a recent press briefing, Commissioner Malcolm compared the current situation similar to an approaching winter storm.

When that happens, we ask people to stay off the roads not just because their car will be the one to get stuck in the ditch, but because the fewer people we have on the roads, the easier it is for the snowplow drivers and emergency vehicles to keep the roads clear and keep people safe.

MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm (source: MinnPost)

“We need people to help us with this COVID storm — by staying home, keeping social distance, staying home when sick and wearing a mask,” warned the Commissioner.

Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of Oct 29, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 142,311 (out of 2,770,450 tested) with 2,419 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of Oct 29, 2:24 p.m.) there are 8,918,548 confirmed covid19 infection with 228,324 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 44,845,216 with 1,177,898 deaths.