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
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.