COVID-19 hospitalizations above 300 in Minnesota, but severity lower
Share of admitted patients requiring intensive care is at the lowest in the pandemic in Minnesota
May 4, 2022
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota rose back above 300 for the first time since March 10, but the virus isn't producing the same severity of illness as prior pandemic waves.
Among 305 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Monday, 22 required intensive care - a 7% rate that is the lowest in the two-plus years of the pandemic.
"[The coronavirus is] more contagious than recent months, but severity of illness remains low," said Dr. Mark Sannes, an infectious disease expert with HealthPartners, which over the past week has reported zero ICU admissions because of COVID-19 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul or any of its other seven hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.