- Commissioner Malcolm reported 84,949 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is an increase of 643 cases since yesterday’s report.
- There were 17,152 COVID-19 tests reported to the state yesterday.
- An additional three Minnesotans died due to COVID-19. This brings the state’s total number of COVID-19 deaths to 1,922.
- Currently, 233 patients are hospitalized for COVID-19 with 135 of those in the ICU.
- Hospitalizations decreased by eight.
- ICU bed used decreased by one.
- The seven-day COVID-19 test positivity average is 4.9%. This is down from 5.6% the week prior.
- Commissioner Malcolm expressed concern at the sustained high level of COVID-19 case growth. While she’s grateful the growth has not become exponential, the commissioner called for continued vigilance among Minnesotans to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Director Kris Ehresmann, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control Division
- Director Ehresmann emphasized that an important tool for fighting COVID-19 in schools and childcare settings is staying home when sick and staying home when waiting for test results.
- With school resuming, all parents and families need to take this guidance seriously.
- Community transmission, where the origin of infection is unknown, is over 34% in Minnesota.
- The Minnesota Department of Health has released a decision tree exclusion guide for schools and those in youth or childcare programs regarding whether students should go to school or stay home.
Amos A. Briggs | Government Relations
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