Surveillance increased for coronavirus variant threats to Minnesota's pandemic progress
June 3, 2021
Minnesota is increasing its search for more infectious strains of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, hoping to identify any troubling variants that could reverse the sharp declines in pandemic activity over the last month.
Four of five key pandemic measures are below Minnesota's high-risk thresholds for the first time since last summer - with the positivity rate of diagnostic testing dropping to a near-record low of 3.4% on Wednesday and the daily rate of new infections receding below 10 per 100,000 people for the first time since last July.
Minnesota's hospitalization rate of COVID-19 patients also returned to a level last seen in March before the latest wave of viral transmission.