Minnesota's COVID-19 positivity rate falls below 10%
The positivity rate fell below the high-risk mark for the first time since Christmas
February 18, 2022
Minnesota's COVID-19 positivity rate has fallen below the high-risk threshold of 10% for the first time since December, a sign the omicron variant wave of the pandemic continues to recede.
The last time the state recorded the 9.9% positivity rate it had in the week ending Feb. 9 was Christmas Day. It peaked at nearly 24% in January as omicron spread rapidly but caused a lower rate of severe infections.
"We're at the tail end of this viral blizzard on a global basis," said Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. He added that pandemic conditions should continue to improve in the coming months if no worrisome new variants emerge.