Another 41 deaths and 7,396 infections were reported from the coronavirus by the Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday.
The latest deaths bring the state’s death toll to 10,197, including 5,107 in long-term care.
The age of newly reported deaths ranged from their late 40s to their late 90s, with 33 living in private homes, seven in long-term care and one in a behavioral health facility.
The infections reported on Tuesday are several days over the weekend. Since the summer, the state health department only reports new outbreak data on weekdays.
Minnesota’s rate of new cases, positive tests and hospitalizations is slowly declining but remains high.
1,470 people are hospitalised, of which 355 are in critical condition. Hospital capacity is extremely limited in most parts of the state.
There is growing concern nationally that the new Omicron version will exacerbate infections during the holidays.
Governor Tim Walz announced Tuesday morning that he, his wife Gwen and their son Gus have tested positive for COVID-19. His son has mild symptoms, and Walz and his wife are asymptomatic for now.
Walz and his family have been fully vaccinated, and the governor and his wife have received booster shots.
Health officials say vaccines are the best way to avoid serious COVID-19 infections and slow the spread of the coronavirus. But the protection provided by vaccines diminishes over time and boosters are recommended for people 16 and older.
Research is mounting showing that the latest coronavirus version, Omicron, can infect people who have been fully vaccinated. However, evidence also shows that vaccines protect vaccinees from serious illness and death.
Minnesota has given 8.4 million doses of the vaccine, including 1.5 million boosters. About 71.3 percent of eligible residents have received at least one dose, and 43 percent of the 3.3 million Minnesotans who are fully vaccinated have also received a booster shot.
Conclusive cases continue to rise, now accounting for about 22 percent of cases diagnosed since vaccination was introduced. Of the 125,076 known breakthrough cases, 5,026 are hospitalized and 938 have died.
More than 17 percent of Minnesota residents have tested positive for the coronavirus since March 2020.