Dip in pre-K-12 COVID-19 may be short-lived in Minnesota
Hospitalizations dropped in late October, but reached a new peak in delta wave
November 5, 2021
Minnesota continued to expand COVID-19 vaccination opportunities to newly eligible children 5-11 on Thursday as public health officials said a decline in coronavirus infections in pre-K-12 schools might be short-lived.
While pre-K-12 student infections declined from 2,968 in the week ending Oct. 2 to a preliminary total of 823 in the week ending Oct. 23, state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said final data should close that gap and reveal higher totals.
"Unfortunately, I don't think the cases are going to continue to drop," said Malcolm, speaking at a makeshift vaccination clinic at Brooklyn Center Elementary school where parents scheduled 157 children to get shots on Thursday.