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COVID-19 back above Minnesota's high-risk threshold

Health officials watch for uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths after April increase in infections


April 22, 2022

Anthony Soufflé, Star Tribune

Dr. Dimitri Drekonja, center, a Minneapolis infectious disease specialist, encouraged people to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and to wear masks during travel - whether required or not.

Coronavirus infections have risen back above Minnesota's high-risk threshold, but health officials hope immunity levels will limit the number of cases that result in hospitalization or death.

Minnesota for the first time in two months has identified more than 1,000 infections in a day, despite the rising popularity of at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests that aren't included in state tallies. The 1,003 infections among samples collected April 13 drove Minnesota's COVID-19 case rate to 12 per 100,000 residents, above the threshold of 10 indicating substantial viral spread.

Even with the increase, Minnesota's case rate remains far below the peak of 246 per 100,000 residents in the week ending Jan. 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also considers all Minnesota counties at low COVID-19 risk, meaning none have recommendations for broad, public indoor mask-wearing to reduce viral transmission.


Reader Comments(1)

Fink writes:

I dont t get what “has risen above Minnesota’s high risk threshold “ means. What’s a high risk threshold??


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