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ICU cases drop amid signs of Minnesota COVID-19 uptick

The most severe hospitalizations peaked with the delta variant and have declined in 2022


April 19, 2022

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Respiratory therapist Abdul Ali, center, worked with critical care nurses to prone an intubated COVID-19 patient on Nov. 12, 2021, in an intensive care unit at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. ICU cases have declined since December, when a severe delta coronavirus variant was replaced by a faster-spreading but less-severe omicron variant.

COVID-19 cases in Minnesota's hospital intensive care units are nearing pandemic lows even as coronavirus infections are nudging upward.

Minnesota reported 23 COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations on Friday, which is well below the peak of 369 on Dec. 15 and is the lowest total since mid-July.

The decline occurred despite an increase in total COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota from 183 on April 10 to 207 on Friday. The seven-day average of new coronavirus infections also rose from 373 per day in the week ending March 20 to 615 per day in the week ending April 13.


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