COVID-19 hospitalizations reach 757 in Minnesota, highest in 2021
Breakthrough infections increase, though still small slice of the vaccinated
September 21, 2021
COVID-19 hospitalizations reached 757 in Minnesota on Friday, underscoring the continued threat of the fast-spreading delta variant of the coronavirus.
The hospitalizations are a new high for 2021, according to the latest state pandemic figures released Monday, and reflect the usual rise in admissions toward the end of the week that is often followed by a decline as patients are discharged on the weekend. The total includes 230 patients placed in intensive care, the highest total since Dec. 24.
The Minnesota Department of Health on Monday reported 2,474 more coronavirus infections and 10 COVID-19 deaths, raising the state's pandemic totals to 684,070 infections and 7,993 deaths. Minnesota likely will surpass 8,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths later this week, though technically it already has reached that grim milestone if 93 fatalities listed on death certificates but not verified by laboratory testing are included.