Minnesota's COVID-19 death toll tops 10,000
Health officials say vaccine hesitancy, waning immunity and mitigation fatigue combined to make 2021 a severe year for COVID-19 deaths
December 16, 2021
Minnesota has surpassed 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, officials announced Wednesday, a grim reminder of the cost of the pandemic in 2021 even after vaccines became available.
The Minnesota Department of Health reported 54 more COVID-19 deaths confirmed by testing, raising the total to 10,018. Another 124 deaths since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 were likely because of COVID-19 but weren't confirmed by testing.
"There is a heaviness, for sure, hitting this sort of a marker and the fact that we have had so many deaths this year even after we have more tools available to protect against it," state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. "Every death is a terrible loss. The more tools we have and the more preventable these things truly are, the more heartbreaking it is that we still are losing people."