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Minnesota health officials report 3 COVID deaths, 1,367 new cases

New cases, hospitalizations still rising across Minnesota amid vaccination efforts.

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MINNEAPOLIS — State health officials reported 1,367 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths due to the coronavirus on Tuesday, April 13.

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting a continuing surge of new cases and hospitalizations. The rolling seven-day average for hospitalizations has climbed to its highest point since January, with 10.5 people hospitalized per 100,000 people across the state. As of Monday, MDH reports 676 people were hospitalized for COVID-19, with 159 of them in intensive care units.

About 46% of new cases of the virus can’t be traced to known outbreaks or other cases as of April 4, according to MDH data. That’s the highest community transmission has been since the pandemic reached Minnesota in March last year.

While new cases and hospitalizations are up, deaths from the virus remain relatively low compared to the higher case counts. Of the three deaths reported Tuesday, all were people in their 60s, and none were residents of long-term care facilities. The people who died were from Chisago, Stearns and Wright counties.

As of Monday, 722,859 people who are 65 or older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, which is about 84% of Minnesotans in that age group.

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Overall, about 2.1 million Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the vaccine and about 1.4 million have been fully vaccinated through Monday.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 1,367
  • TOTAL CASES: 545,404
  • TOTAL NO LONGER NEEDING TO BE ISOLATED: 520,800
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 7.2%

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 676

  • TOTAL CUMULATIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 28,509

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 3

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 6,962

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 2,102,859

  • COMPLETED SERIES: 1,435,236

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John Molseed joined the Post Bulletin in 2018. He covers arts, culture, entertainment, nature and other fun stories he's surprised he gets paid to cover. When he's not writing articles about Southeast Minnesota artists and musicians, he's either picking banjo, brewing beer, biking or looking for other hobbies that begin with the letter "b." Readers can reach John at 507-285-7713 or jmolseed@postbulletin.com.
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