Minnesota well being officers on Sunday reported 57 more COVID-19 deaths in the state.
That’s together with practically 9,000 more circumstances. It’s the state’s largest single-day enhance in circumstances — however that is from a report single-day complete of more than 97,000 test outcomes.
Averaged over the previous week, the test positivity rate is continuous on a downward pattern. It’s now at 10.2 p.c — a big drop from earlier in the month, although nonetheless properly above the 5 p.c threshold that state officers have mentioned is trigger for concern.
The deaths reported Sunday included 29 residents of long-term care services, and 28 individuals who lived in non-public houses. The general pandemic loss of life toll in Minnesota now stands at 3,578, with a confirmed COVID-19 case complete of more than 312,000.
Hospitalizations stay close to report highs.
Here are Minnesota’s present COVID-19 statistics:
3,578 deaths (57 new)
312,969 optimistic circumstances (8,953 new); 265,223 off isolation
4.2 million checks, 2.5 million individuals examined (about 42 p.c of the inhabitants)
10.2 p.c seven-day testing rate (officers discover 5 p.c regarding)
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm final week tamped down hopes that the present information pointed to a constant enchancment in circumstances.
“We would not consider that we have any sort of a reliable trend just yet,” Malcolm instructed reporters.
“While we’ve certainly been pleased to see somewhat lower case counts in recent days, we think that this might be another of those patterns that we’ve seen earlier in the epidemic,” she mentioned. “Possibly we are in a trough now between waves and do not necessarily think that what we’ve seen in recent days represents the downside of a peak.”
Health authorities stay involved about one other doable hospitalization leap in just a few weeks following Thanksgiving vacation gatherings the place relations and pals with out signs might unknowingly unfold the virus.
Caseloads unfold throughout age teams
New circumstances have been climbing over the previous month amongst all age teams.
People in their 20s nonetheless make up the age bracket with the state’s largest variety of confirmed circumstances — more than 60,000 for the reason that pandemic started, together with practically 33,000 amongst individuals ages 20 to 24.
The variety of excessive school-age kids confirmed with the illness has additionally grown, with more than 24,000 complete circumstances amongst kids ages 15 to 19 for the reason that pandemic started.
The numbers assist clarify why consultants stay notably involved about teenagers and younger adults as spreaders of the virus.
Although much less prone to really feel the worst results of the illness and find yourself hospitalized, consultants fear youth and younger adults will unfold it to grandparents and different weak populations.
It’s particularly regarding as a result of individuals can have the coronavirus and unfold COVID-19 after they don’t have signs.
Walz mentioned not too long ago the state has information displaying an infection charges rising round bar and restaurant exercise after 9 p.m. amongst younger adults, noting that individuals who have the virus however don’t have signs could also be unwittingly spreading it.
Virus surges throughout rural Minnesota
Regionally, central and northern Minnesota have pushed a lot of the latest enhance in new circumstances whereas Hennepin and Ramsey counties present a few of the slowest case development in the state.
The quickest rising outbreaks stay largely alongside the state’s western border with the Dakotas, the place the virus is spreading unchecked. But new circumstances are rising all over the place in Minnesota.
Collectively, rural areas proceed to report essentially the most new COVID-19 circumstances per capita.
Latino circumstances climb
In Minnesota and throughout the nation, COVID-19 has hit (*29*)communities of colour disproportionately onerous in each circumstances and deaths. That’s been very true for Minnesotans of Hispanic descent for a lot of the pandemic.
Distrust of the federal government, along with deeply rooted well being and financial disparities, have hampered efforts to spice up testing amongst communities of colour, officers say, particularly amongst unauthorized immigrants who worry their private info could also be used to deport them.
Similar developments maintain true for Minnesota’s Indigenous residents. Counts amongst Indigenous individuals jumped in October relative to inhabitants.
Cases amongst all races and ethnicities proceed to rise, though presently the expansion is slowest amongst Black Minnesotans, who reported essentially the most new COVID-19 circumstances per capita for a lot of the spring and summer time.
Developments across the state
The University of Minnesota soccer program introduced Saturday night that 15 more individuals with the staff have examined optimistic for COVID-19.
That consists of eight athletes and 7 workers members. It brings the full variety of soccer gamers and workers who’ve examined optimistic since Nov. 19 to 40 — 20 athletes and 20 workers members.
The soccer program paused all team-related actions final week, together with canceling this weekend’s recreation towards Wisconsin.
Minnesota is scheduled to host Northwestern subsequent Saturday, Dec. 5. Gophers officers mentioned they’re going to give an update on the staff’s standing on Tuesday.
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Fargo jail lock-down after inmate checks optimistic for COVID-19
The county jail in Fargo, N.D. is on lockdown after an inmate examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
The Cass County Sheriff’s workplace mentioned Friday the precaution took impact after the inmate in the power’s common inhabitants was discovered this morning to have COVID-19.
In an announcement, the sheriff’s workplace says inmates and workers will probably be examined. The inmate who examined optimistic is in quarantine on the jail.
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U to analysis COVID-19 outbreaks and immigrants
A brand new analysis middle on the University of Minnesota will focus on management of the COVID-19 outbreaks in immigrant communities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given the U of M a $5 million grant to arrange the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants. It will work with native well being departments to coach suppliers on culturally acceptable care.
Shailey Prasad, a professor of drugs who’s main the middle, mentioned proof exhibits that the virus has disproportionately affected communities of colour. Many, he mentioned, “are essential workers like farm workers or food processing plant employees and have challenges to maintain social distancing, for example, or maybe challenges in accessing health care.”
The center plans to identify barriers and help with mitigation.
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COVID spread causing ‘surreal’ staffing problems in nursing homes: Long-term care in Minnesota is in dire need of staffing support. With COVID-19 peaking, large numbers of staff are out sick or quarantining because of exposure. The situation is forcing state officials to take unusual measures to fill gaps.
Research shows older people resilient, but stressed by COVID isolation: The pandemic has isolated many of us from friends, family and coworkers. But for older people who live alone, the loss of connection can cut even deeper. Researchers have been talking with dozens of older adults in Minnesota and North Dakota since the pandemic started, in an ongoing study of the impacts of isolation.
State prepares to roll out first rounds of COVID-19 vaccines: As two COVID-19 vaccines approach approval from the Food and Drug Administration, state officials ready their plan to distribute vaccines. They say getting most people the vaccine will be critical to snuffing out a virus that has killed thousands of Minnesotans.
COVID-19 awareness campaign targets northern Minnesota county: It took months for COVID-19 to gain a foothold in Roseau County, on Minnesota’s northern border. But now the virus is spreading rapidly and this week county officials are starting a comprehensive public campaign to convince residents to take the threat seriously.
Lawmakers look for ways to help businesses, workers: With another round of COVID-19 restrictions taking effect late Friday, Minnesota lawmakers are looking for ways to help small businesses that might be forced to close and the employees who would be put out of work. Discussions are already underway about what the state can do and when it could happen.
COVID-19 in Minnesota
Data in these graphs are based on the Minnesota Department of Health’s cumulative totals released at 11 a.m. daily. You can find more detailed statistics on COVID-19 at the Health Department web site.
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