Teens fuel COVID-19 activity in Minnesota


March 17, 2021

BRIAN PETESON - Star Tribune

Helped by Minnesota Guard member Marie Howe, student athlete Zoe Thoma, completed a COVID-19 test at the temporary Carver County COVID-19 Testing Site at the Chanhassen Recreation Center on March 1.

Teenagers are fueling a slight uptick in COVID-19 activity in Minnesota, which on Tuesday reported an increase in the positivity rate of diagnostic testing to 3.9%.

The Minnesota Department of Health has reported 6,818 more diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the seven-day period ending Tuesday, and 10% involved teenagers age 15 to 19, whose risks for viral transmission increased earlier this year with the return to in-person classes and youth sports activities.

No other five-year age group has sustained more confirmed infections since Feb. 1 with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Seven percent of infections reported in the past two weeks have involved children age 10 to 14 - equating that age group's share of the total population for the first time in the yearlong pandemic.



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