Average age of COVID-19 deaths declining in Minnesota

CDC forecast predicts level coronavirus infections in Minn. through October


October 14, 2021

DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribune.com

State leaders continue to encourage unvaccinated Minnesotans to seek shots against COVID-19.

Three COVID-19 deaths of people in their 30s were reported Wednesday in Minnesota, reflecting a decline in the average age of fatalities in the pandemic.

The deaths of residents of Blue Earth and Ramsey counties were among 24 reported Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Health, raising the state's COVID-19 toll to 8,354. While more than 85% of all COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota have been seniors - including 15 reported Wednesday - the average age has been slowly declining amid a pandemic wave that was fueled this summer by a fast-spreading delta variant of the coronavirus.

Before July 1, 88% of the reported COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota were seniors. Since that time, 73% have been seniors.



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