Minnesota leaders urge caution amid signs of COVID-19 peak


April 22, 2021


Stephen Van Zee, 43, of Farmington got a COVID-19 vaccine shot at a Thrifty White in Waseca last month.

Declines in COVID-19 hospitalizations and Minnesota's reported test positivity rate offered hope Wednesday that a third pandemic wave in the state is peaking.

Both key benchmarks of pandemic activity had been steadily increasing since early March, with the positivity rate rising from 3.4% on March 2 to 7.4% on April 11 before falling back slightly to 7.3%. The 676 COVID-19 cases in Minnesota hospital inpatient beds on Tuesday also tripled the recent low of 210 on March 6. That number declined slightly from 686 on Monday.

State health and hospital officials cautioned that it is too soon to conclude that the worst of the wave is over in this pandemic - which in total has caused 7,044 COVID-19 deaths and 560,450 known infections in Minnesota. That includes 13 deaths and 1,611 infections reported Wednesday.



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