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Hospital ICU usage at record levels amid Minnesota's COVID-19 wave

Waning immunity in earliest vaccine recipients continues to be growing problem in prolonged pandemic surge


December 7, 2021

Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

Monoclonal antibody therapies could have reduced effectiveness against COVID-19 illnesses involving the omicron variant, but doctors suspect it will remain effective and is an important tool against the dominant delta variant in Minnesota.

No new COVID-19 cases involving the omicron coronavirus variant were reported in Minnesota on Monday, but the dominant delta variant was creating plenty of problems for the state.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota increased to 1,570 on Friday, including 346 people receiving intensive care. The state reported a 98% occupancy rate of adult intensive care beds when including COVID and non-COVID patients, the highest in the pandemic.

Minnesotans can reduce the burden by getting COVID-19 vaccines and boosters and by limiting chances for viral exposure in gatherings and crowds, said Dr. Andrew Olson, a hospitalist and leader of the COVID-19 response for M Health Fairview. Among the 307 COVID-19 patients in the system's hospitals, 72% are unvaccinated.


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