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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

Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

Theo Reimers, 10, doesn�t flinch as RN Abdirahman Hassan gives him his first COVID-19 vaccination at a vaccination clinic for children ages 5-11 hosted by M Health Fairview, the State of Minnesota and Minneapolis Public Schools at Cityview Community School in Minneapolis.

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.


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