Vaccination Begins In Long-term Care


Day 277: Stay Safe Minnesota

As the coronavirus cases loads are decreasing in the state, COVID vaccinations also begins in long-term care facilities beginning Monday.

Coronavirus cases are reportedly dropping around the state as ‘fewer Minnesotans sought COVID-19 testing as they finished shopping and meal preparations during the week before Christmas’ writes Glenn Howatt in the Star Tribune.

“That’s a 28% decrease from the week that preceded Thanksgiving, which was a time when Minnesota was adding new cases at record rates. The pandemic has caused 5,160 deaths in Minnesota along with 410,138 known infections.”

Some of the COVID-19 data closing out 2020 is grim: more than 410,000 confirmed cases and 5,100 deaths. But there are signs of hope as 2021 approaches.

MPR News

According to the Tribune, 177,000 new cases were reported in November from a total of 1.4 million tests. “New daily caseloads continue to retreat from their late November and early December peaks. The number of active, confirmed cases in Minnesota is below 14,000 for the first time since late October,” MPR News reports.

“Our positivity rate dropped at the same time, so it is hard to tell if it is fewer people getting tested or fewer people feeling ill. We were super busy before Thanksgiving and then everything just kind of fell off a cliff,” vice president of laboratory services at Minneapolis-based Allina Health, Heather Dawson told to Star Tribune.

MN Officials Look for New Strain

State health officials are reportedly watching for signs of new coronavirus strain that was first reported in the United Kingdom. Health experts believe “the two COVID-19 vaccines being used in Minnesota would be less effective against the recent mutation of the virus”.

Vaccination Began in Long-term Care

COVID-19 vaccination has began in MN long-term care facilities where the virus taken more lives from the state and around the country. “Approximately 65 percent of all deaths from COVID-19 are of residents of long-term care facilities, which include nursing homes” MPR reports.

“Hundreds of residents and staff of Minnesota nursing homes began to get vaccinated Monday for the novel coronavirus — a critical turning point in the state’s battle to protect people who are particularly vulnerable to the deadly disease. … The plan is to vaccinate everyone who lives or works at Minnesota’s 2,100 long-term care facilities, including assisted-living homes, by the end of January, dependent on vaccine supply, state officials said” writes Chris Serres in the Star Tribune.

George Kinney Jr, son of Ms Bunny, a 96-year-old resident of assisted living facility in Bayport, Minn, is quoted saying:

“There’s some comfort that if she can get the vaccination, hopefully we can prolong her life. She has a good quality of life at this point … clearly it would be advantageous for her to to get the vaccination to protect her as well as to protect the other residents of the facility and the employees of the facility.”

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of Dec 28, 9 a.m.) 11,445,175 doses have been distributed and 2,127,143 doses administered.

Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of Dec 29, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 411,110 (out of 5,501,277 tested) with 5,196 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of Dec 29, 1:22 p.m.) there are 19,427,750 confirmed covid19 infection with 336,529 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 81,713,263 with 1,783,146 deaths.