COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass Minnesota's spring peak

The tally for ICU patients is at its highest point in 2021.


September 15, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Tuesday was the first day since early January that Minnesota hospitals have been treating more than 700 COVID-19 patients.

Patients with COVID-19 occupy more hospital beds in Minnesota than they did during the most recent pandemic surge this spring, according to state figures released Tuesday.

A total of 748 hospital beds across Minnesota are being used by COVID-19 patients, most of whom are unvaccinated. That number is an increase of 70 beds compared with Monday's data release from the state Health Department. The spring peak came on April 14 when 699 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19.

Doctors say most of those recently hospitalized in Minnesota with COVID-19 have not been immunized. A Tuesday report from researchers at the California-based Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that up to 98.6% of COVID-19 hospital admissions nationwide between June and August were among unvaccinated people.


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