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Minnesota COVID-19 hospitalizations back above 400



Gov. Tim Walz received his single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine from registered nurse Kelly Robinson Tuesday, at the Vikings practice facility in Eagan.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have nearly doubled in the past four weeks in Minnesota, but state health officials remain encouraged that vaccinations will prevent a surge in severe illnesses and deaths.

While doctors have reported younger patients and better outcomes than in the spring and fall pandemic waves, the 411 COVID-19 cases in Minnesota hospitals on Tuesday included 102 who needed intensive care due to breathing problems or other complications. The ICU number hasn't been that high since Jan. 23.

Gov. Tim Walz offered a stay-the-course message to Minnesotans this week to continue mask-wearing and social distancing practices and to seek the first COVID-19 vaccine available to them - now that everyone 16 or older is eligible under the state's distribution plan.


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