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Signs of vaccinations paying off emerge in Minnesota


February 3, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky - Star Tribune

Patients, including Gerald Sweeney, 79, waited in line to be vaccinated at North Memorial's Minnetonka Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon.

A drop in COVID-19 cases among congregate care residents in Minnesota might be the first encouraging sign that the state's mass vaccination efforts are starting to pay off.

Last week's average of 64 cases per day among these residents was the lowest since September, said Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director. Surveys showed that 81% of the most vulnerable residents of nursing homes opted for the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, and 13% have completed the series.

"Vaccine seems to be having a positive effect," she said, "In the weeks ahead, we think we will be able to say that with greater confidence."


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