Coronavirus Tuesday update: 11 more deaths and 998 new cases

4May 2021

Minnesota is on the cusp of having 2 million residents who’ve received a fully course of coronavirus vaccine as the state continues to see new cases and hospitalizations decline.

Almost 4.4 million doses of vaccine have been administered statewide and 2.5 million residents have gotten at least one shot. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for the best immune response while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only one shot.

Nearly 60 percent of the state’s vaccine-eligible population, age 16 and older, has gotten at least one dose of vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is expected to win approval for use in adolescents in the coming weeks.

Minnesota recorded 11 more COVID-19 deaths Tuesday and 998 new infections were reported by the state Department of Health. Those whose deaths were reported Tuesday ranged in age from their 40s to their 80s with 10 living in private homes and one in long-term care.

The death toll is 7,174 with 4,371 of those fatalities residents of long-term care. Another 93 deaths are suspected to have been caused by COVID-19, but the person never had a positive coronavirus test.

There are 575 patients hospitalized including 149 in critical condition.

Minnesota has tested more than 9.3 million samples from 4 million residents and diagnosed 581,335 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

More than 560,000 of those positive cases have recovered enough they no longer need to be isolated. About 12,800 people with active infections are recovering at home.

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Author: Christopher Magan

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