Minnesota COVID positive rates surge to levels not seen in over a year
Hospitalizations are on the rise again after falling in late December
January 7, 2022
ST. PAUL - Positive test rates for COVID-19 in Minnesota continued to soar in an apparent trajectory toward breaking a pandemic-long record, according to state health department numbers released Thursday, Jan. 6.
The seven-day rolling positive rate for tests in Minnesota was 14.6% in Thursday's report, a more than 1% jump up from the day before. Positive rates have not been at this level since November 2020, when they reached 14.8%. The all-pandemic high was 15.5% in April 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers anything above 10% to be a high risk for public health.
Hospitalizations also continued to climb, reaching 1,469 on Wednesday. While early evidence suggests that the highly infectious omicron variant of COVID-19 is not as deadly as previous strains, experts warn the sheer number of infections could still threaten to overwhelm hospitals. Of the 1,012 of adult intensive care unit beds in Minnesota, around 98% remain occupied - a proportion that has remained more or less constant for at least a month.