3 things to know:
3,378 newly confirmed or probable cases, 35 newly reported deaths
24,802 known, active cases, a high for 2021; 982 currently hospitalized
75 percent of 16-and-older residents with at least one vaccine dose
Updated 12:39 p.m.
It’s hard to find much good news right now in Minnesota’s COVID-19 data. The newest numbers offer fresh evidence the disease remains dug in across the state.
Known, active cases rose to 24,802 on Friday — close to the highest count for all of 2021. The seven-day average for new daily cases dipped slightly from Thursday but remains high.
The rate of COVID-19 tests coming back positive remains above 7 percent, according to MPR News calculations. It’s down slightly from midweek but it’s still the highest Friday average of the year and remains higher than the 5 percent officials find concerning.
Hospitalizations are down slightly from their recent highs — but still relatively high. They’re about equally distributed between greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area.
Bed counts had topped 1,000 earlier in October, putting huge pressure on the state’s short-staffed care systems. Hospitalizations have been moving back and forth over that threshold since. There are 982 people in Minnesota hospitals now with COVID; 235 need intensive care.
State public health leaders continue to emphasize that Minnesota’s COVID-19 numbers stuck at relatively high levels and another surge is possible. They continue to plead with Minnesotans to stay vigilant against the disease and get vaccinated if eligible.
Driven by the highly contagious delta variant, the entire state shows a high level of COVID-19 transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The state’s death toll stands at 8,828, including 35 deaths newly reported on Friday. Deaths typically follow a surge in cases and hospitalizations. In past COVID-19 waves, it’s been the last of the key metrics to improve.
Thanks to vaccinations, Minnesota remains better positioned now than during its fall and spring spikes. Seventy-four percent of state residents age 12 and older have received at least one vaccination shot, with more than 70 percent now completely vaccinated.
The state is seeing progress in getting booster shots into Minnesotans who’ve already been vaccinated.
However, the struggle continues to get more Minnesotans vaccinated. Wide gaps remain in the vaccination rates among regions and counties.
State officials are shifting their vaccination focus now to some of the state’s youngest soon-to-be eligible residents.
Correction (Nov. 5, 2021): An earlier version of this story described Friday’s active case count as the highest in 2021. A higher count was recorded on Oct. 8.
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