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New COVID cases trending upward as students return to in-person schooling
by Tru Newman

“These are numbers we had hoped we would not see again,” Health Department Commissioner Jan Malcolm said in the wake of nearly 3,000 new cases of COVID-19. Minnesota is projected to hit 700,000 total known cases in the near term.

Despite being one of the top states for vaccination – more than 73 percent of Minnesotans 16 and over have had at least one vaccine dose – the latest health findings show 2997 newly confirmed or probable cases, with 27 deaths listed.

The disease, which has gripped the world’s attention since early 2020, still has a hold in the state.
Last Friday’s daily count of known active cases increased to 19,334, numbers not seen since mid-April 2021. Most of those new cases are occurring outside of the metro area.

The rate of tests coming back positive remains relatively stable — the seven-day average is hovering at around six percent, slightly higher than the 5 percent health officials have established as a benchmark.

Cases, however, continue to rise, driven since late summer by the highly contagious delta variant.

Officials have been anxious for weeks that the new school year would bring an increase in the number of cases among kids. Three weeks in, that appears to be happening. More than 770 school buildings currently report at least one case of COVID-19 among students or staff.


“We’re tired of the fear, the frustration, the uncertainty” of the pandemic, Malcolm said. “Getting vaccinated, far and away, is our single most valuable tool.”

 





 
 

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