Minnesota recorded nine more COVID-19 deaths Tuesday and 583 new cases were reported by the state Department of Health.
The new cases were likely an undercount because of a technical issue, state health officials said. The problem was not immediately detailed.
The nine fatalities ranged in age from their late 30s to their late 90s with all nine living in private homes. The death toll is now 7,240 with 4,377 fatalities in long-term care.
The state has diagnosed 589,527 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began in March 2020. Tuesday’s 583 new infections were the result of 11,201 tests, but testing volume may have been impacted by technical issues.
There have been 4.64 million coronavirus vaccines administered in Minnesota. There are nearly 2.7 million who have gotten at least one dose of vaccine and almost 50 percent of the 16 and older population have completed a vaccine series.
Later Wednesday, the Pfizer vaccine is expected to win approval for use in adolescent children ages 12-15. That’s roughly 300,000 Minnesotans that will soon be eligible for the two dose inoculation.
This story is developing and will be updated.
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Author: Christopher Magan