Minnesota urges booster expansion, school protections against worsening COVID-19 wave
Cases at 2020 crisis levels without the safeguards, one county official says
November 17, 2021
Minnesota is preparing to expand COVID-19 vaccine booster access to all adults this week, with or without federal backing, and encouraged renewed protections in communities and schools against a worsening pandemic wave.
The positivity rate of COVID-19 diagnostic testing rose above a 10% high-risk threshold in Minnesota, which is reporting high viral transmission levels in 86 of 87 counties but particularly severe levels in central and northern counties with lower vaccination rates.
"I don't think we can say that any place in Minnesota is in particularly great shape right now," state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said.