Minnesota added eight more COVID-19 fatalities Friday with two of the latest victims under the age of 45.
State health officials said both of the latest younger fatalities had underlying health conditions that made them more susceptible to severe COVID-19.
The other deaths reported Friday ranged in age from their 60s to their 80s with seven residing in private homes and one in long-term care. The death toll is now 7,445 with 4,439 of those fatalities in long-term care.
There were also 257 new infections, bringing the state case total to 602,134. Of those who have tested positive, there are 592,294 who have recovered enough they no longer need to be isolated.
Minnesota’s rate of new cases and hospitalizations is at the lowest level it has been since last summer.
Health officials say vaccines are largely to thank for the decline of the pandemic. Minnesota has administered 5.3 million doses of vaccine and 65 percent of the population 16 and older has gotten at least one dose.
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Author: Christopher Magan