The number of cases of the pandemic increased by 3,010 cases of COVID-19 infection and 22 more deaths on Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
But the latest figures have been skewed in part because they include about 19,000 test results that were delayed to the government due to processing problems. Despite lagging behind, Minnesota’s recent test positives continue to decline.
The same is true with the current hospitalization rate – 907 patients were hospitalized on Friday, including 227 in critical condition. More than 1000 patients were hospitalized eight days ago.
Health officials say vaccines are the best way to avoid serious infections and slow the spread of the coronavirus. But breakouts are becoming more common.
On Monday, the state health department identified 51,586 cases of breakthrough infections, an increase of 5,759 cases of breakthrough infections from the previous week. An additional 247 sudden hospitalizations were also reported, for a total of 2,425, and an additional 68 deaths, for a total of 331.
Adjusted for age, state health officials say unvaccinated Minnesotans are 15 times more likely to be hospitalized and 30 times more likely to die if they contract COVID-19 than vaccinated people.
Minnesota has administered 6.7 million doses of the vaccine and 3.4 million people have received at least one dose. About 73 percent of those who are currently eligible for the vaccine, aged 12 and over, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.