Minnesota reported 31 more COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, part of the ongoing impact of the state’s fourth spike in cases.
The ages of recent deaths ranged from 40 to 90 years. Seven were in constant care, one was homeless and 23 lived in private homes.
One of the deaths occurred in August, one in September, and the remaining 29 in October. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the death toll in the state is 8,612, including 4,743 people are in long-term treatment.
The 1,810 new infections reported Wednesday were the result of over 27,000 tests. The seven-day moving average rate of positive test scores increased slightly.
The number of hospitalizations also decreased slightly: 911 patients required medical attention, including 220 in critical condition. An estimated 15,900 people with active cases are recovering at home.
Data for individual days is not a trend, but overall there is some consistent evidence that the state’s current surge is on the wane.
Nearly all new cases in Minnesota and the United States are due to the more contagious variant of the delta. Health officials say vaccines are the best way to avoid severe infections and slow the spread of the coronavirus.
State officials will detail vaccination plans for children aged 5 to 11 on Wednesday afternoon after receiving federal approval. It has more than 1,100 providers across the state.
Vaccine breakthroughs have become more common, with state officials reporting 51,586 breakthroughs. Of these, 2,425 were hospitalized, 331 died.
Minnesota has administered 6.7 million doses of the vaccine, and 3.4 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine. About 73 percent of eligible residents aged 12 and over have had at least one vaccination.