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COVID-19 Thursday update: Dakota County reported one death in 78 children

Of the 78 COVID-19 deaths reported Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health, one was a Dakota County child between the ages of 10 and 14.

The child is the first Minnesotan in that age group to die of COVID-19. The Health Department has no further information about the child who died.

“We do not have any additional information that we can share about this particular case,” a department spokesperson said in an email. “COVID deaths in children are very rare, and are usually associated with underlying health conditions.”

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, eight people under the age of 20 have died. Roughly 82 percent of 11,115 Minnesota COVID-19 deaths were senior citizens 65 years of age or older.

The deaths reported Thursday included an Anoka County resident in their 30s, a Hennepin County resident in their 20s, and two Ramsey County residents in their 40s. One death is from January 2021, one in December and the remaining 76 in this month.

Another 11,440 new infections were also reported on Thursday, taking the state’s total to more than 1.2 million. The state’s delayed measure of test-positivity, which is about 10 days old to allow data correction, is 23.7 percent.

Of those who have tested positive, 95 per cent have recovered sufficiently, they no longer need to isolate. More than 34,000 Minnesotans have been infected with COVID-19 more than once.

The highly contagious Omicron variant is believed to be the cause of almost all new infections. While Omicron infections can be minor, especially in people who have been vaccinated, the high rate of cases continues to lead to deaths and hospitalizations.

There are 1,629 patients hospitalized, including 247 in intensive care. Hospital capacity remains tight in most of the state and Gov. Tim Walz tapped $40 million in federal aid to hire more than 200 temporary medical workers.

Health officials say vaccines are the best way to avoid serious infections and slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, Omicron survives the protection provided by vaccines and boosters are recommended.

Conclusive infection occurs in about 27 percent of cases diagnosed since the start of vaccination. Of the more than 197,000 infections among fully vaccinated people, 6,312 were hospitalized and 1,216 died. The elderly and immunocompromised people face the highest risk of such consequences.

Minnesota has given more than 9 million doses of the vaccine and nearly 2 million boosters. About 69 percent of the eligible population, aged 5 years and above, have completed their initial vaccination series.

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