On Tuesdays, MinnPost provides weekly updates covering COVID-19 developments in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to the present.
This week in COVID-19 news
On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced immunization rules for federal employees, large employersand health workers. “We have been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and his refusal has cost us all,” Biden said during his announcement.
Biden’s push would include requiring companies of 100 or more to impose vaccine mandates or get tested weekly, and the total number of people affected could exceed 100 million, or nearly two-thirds of all workers in the country.
Several governors, including Ron DeSantis in Florida and Tate Reeves in Mississippi, as well as several Republicans in Congress have condemned Biden’s tenure. “THERE ARE NO VACCINE MANDATES.” wrote House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in Twitter.
Data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that the state added 16,282 new cases of COVID-19 in the seven days between Sept. 8 and Sept. 14, for an average of 2,326 new cases per day. That’s less than a daily average of 1,882 new cases from the previous week’s four reporting days. However, keep in mind that a data reporting delay caused by Labor Day weekend means that more cases are included in this report than would be included in a normal week’s report. At the height of the pandemic in late November 2020, Minnesota averaged more than 7,000 new cases per day.
The most recent seven-day case positivity average, or the average proportion of positive cases from total COVID-19 tests, is 7.1 percent, up from 6.6 percent the previous week. You can find the seven day average case positivity here.
As of August 15, the most recent data available, 18,790 of 3,080,074 fully vaccinated Minnesotans had known groundbreaking COVID-19 cases (0.6 percent of fully vaccinated people). While vaccines are highly effective in protecting people from contracting COVID-19, they are not perfect, although they prevent nearly all hospitalizations and deaths from the disease. Of those 18,790 reported breakthrough cases, 1,095 people were hospitalized (0.036 percent of those fully vaccinated) and 108 people died (0.004 percent of those fully vaccinated).
Deaths and hospitalizations
Minnesota had 59 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past week, up from 45 the week before. (The deaths did not necessarily occur in the week they were reported because deaths are not always immediately reported and confirmed.)
As of Tuesday, 208 people are in intensive care with COVID-19, the highest number this year, while 540 are hospitalized and not in intensive care. Last Tuesday 158 were in intensive care and 457 were hospitalized and not in intensive care. Learn about current Minnesota hospitalizations here.
The most recent data shows that 72.6 percent of Minnesotans (3.59 million people) had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 68.8 percent of Minnesotans Minnesota (3.17 million people) had completed the vaccine series. A week ago, 59.9 percent of Minnesotans had received at least one dose and 56.3 percent had completed the vaccine series. Plus Data on the state’s vaccination efforts can be found here.
This week in MinnPost