Minnesota has 7th-highest COVID case rate, more than 1,000 hospitalizations
Minnesota's ranks seventh in the country
October 19, 2021
The tail end of the latest national pandemic wave continued to worsen in Minnesota, where more than 1,000 people with COVID-19 filled inpatient hospital beds and the new infection rate remained seventh worst among states.
Health officials on Monday urged more people to seek new or booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine, despite an increase to 45,827 in the number of fully vaccinated Minnesotans who have coronavirus infections and the death of retired Gen. Colin Powell following a breakthrough case as well.
Gov. Tim Walz said a better vaccination rate could have reduced the severity of the latest wave, which hit the South hard this summer but moved north this fall as people moved indoors amid colder weather, and that Powell's death is a call for more vaccination, not less.