Minnesota is now reporting 447,610 folks have obtained first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, nearly eclipsing the full of 463,132 individuals who have examined optimistic for the infectious illness.

The newest figures from the Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday embrace 633 extra infections with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and eight extra deaths. The state’s demise toll in the pandemic is now 6,210.

State well being officers supplied cautious optimism in Minnesota’s response to the pandemic and its rollout of the two-dose vaccines towards COVID-19. A complete of 116,928 folks in Minnesota have now obtained each doses — principally well being care staff and long-term care residents who had been prioritized.

Gov. Tim Walz credited new state efficiency measurements for hastening vaccine administration throughout Minnesota, together with the current enlargement of eligibility to senior residents now that many well being care staff have obtained their photographs. The state is monitoring main well being techniques by whether or not they administer 90% of COVID-19 first doses inside three days of receiving them, and 100% inside seven days.

“We still need far more vaccine from the federal government, but we are doing everything we can to get all Minnesotans vaccinated quickly and safely once supply arrives,” Walz mentioned.

The three-day requirement has proved tricker for suppliers, particularly in the event that they obtain vaccine shipments late in the week. Only three well being techniques are above the 90% threshold whereas 4 are beneath 80%

Walz this week adjusted Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccine technique by offering extra doses to well being techniques to supply to senior residents. The state this week will host two group vaccination occasions in Minneapolis and Duluth, reasonably than the 9 that befell final week.

Senior residents on a ready listing shall be chosen for the roughly 6,000 first doses that shall be offered at these two websites. Seniors who obtained first doses on the 9 state websites over the previous two weeks will nonetheless return to these areas for his or her second doses.

Vaccination progress occurred amid continued indicators of easing in the newest pandemic wave. Minnesota hospitals reported that that they had 387 whole COVID-19 sufferers admitted to inpatient beds on Monday, together with 92 who wanted intensive care. The whole is decrease than the 399 sufferers that hospitals had simply in intensive care on the peak of the pandemic on Dec. 1.

Walz on Tuesday additionally celebrated that greater than 1 million Minnesotans have added the COVIDaware MN app to their cellular units, permitting these with COVID-19 to anonymously alert any shut contacts who might need been uncovered. Uptake elevated after Jan. 10, when the app grew to become out there on Apple units.

As of Feb. 1, 4,128 customers who examined optimistic for COVID-19 had redeemed verification codes, which they might enter into the app to alert shut contacts of their dangers.

State infectious illness director Kris Ehresmann supplied warning on Monday regardless of the progress, noting some outbreaks in giant teams and bars and eating places because the rest of restrictions final month. Continued circulation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus additionally raises the opportunity of extra infectious genetic variants rising, she added.

“Although our case numbers are down that doesn’t mean that we are feeling comfortable,” she mentioned.

Survey information on Carnegie Mellon University’s COVIDcast reveals that Minnesota has one of many nation’s highest charges of individuals going to bars as of Feb. 1. Only Alabama had a better charge.

On the opposite hand, the survey information reveals an above-average charge of 94% of Minnesotans who say they put on masks in public most or all the time. Minnesota additionally ranks among the many high 5 states in the survey information for vaccine acceptance — with 81% of residents saying they’d obtain COVID-19 vaccine if supplied to them immediately.

Jeremy Olson • 612-673-7744

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