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Unvaccinated people continue to contract more COVID-19 in Minnesota


September 14, 2021

Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

Unvaccinated Minnesotans are suffering the most from the latest COVID-19 wave in the state.

Minnesota on Monday reported another 2,971 breakthrough coronavirus infections in fully vaccinated people, representing roughly 25% of the 11,684 new infections reported in the past week.

While only a crude comparison - because breakthrough cases take longer to identify and don't match up exactly with weekly infection totals - the data indicate that unvaccinated Minnesotans are suffering the most from the latest COVID-19 wave in the state. While the breakthrough infection total has reached 18,790, that makes up 0.61% of the state's fully vaccinated population. The state also has identified a total of 1,095 breakthrough infections in people who were hospitalized and 108 in people who died of COVID-19.

State health officials said the data support the call to vaccinate remaining eligible Minnesotans who have not yet received their shots against COVID-19. More than 3.3 million Minnesotans have received at least first doses, including 71.3% of the state's eligible population of people 12 and older, and 60.3% of the total population, according to the latest state figures on Monday. The totals omit shots provided at federal facilities such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, so the state's vaccination rate is higher.


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