Minnesota reported 11 more COVID-19 fatalities Thursday and 2,736 new cases were reported, according to the state Department of Health.
The state has now recorded nearly 550,000 infections since March 2020 and 6,989 people have died from COVID-19. The latest deaths reported ranged in age from their 40s to more than 100 with seven living in private homes and four in long-term care.
Infections at long-term care facilities continue to rise. There were 217 facilities with outbreaks, up from 186 without breaks a week ago.
The state defines an outbreak when one resident or staff at a long-term care facilities tests positive. Facilities are removed from the state list when they are infection free for 28 days.
Hospitalizations also continue to climb and there are 699 patients requiring care including 168 in critical condition. That’s up from a low point of 209 hospitalizations in early March.
Minnesota has administered nearly 3.5 million doses of coronavirus vaccine and almost 1.5 million residents are fully vaccinated.
This story is developing and will be updated.
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Author: Christopher Magan