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More Minnesota counties have high COVID-19 levels but milder cases

Long-term care facility infections are up while reported outbreaks in K-12 schools and colleges remain lower


Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Seniors who were early COVID-19 vaccine recipients in winter 2021 might be experiencing waning immunity amid the latest increase in the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus infections appear to be rising well beyond publicly reported levels in Minnesota, but the latest pandemic wave has caused milder illnesses and modest increases so far in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.

While the state is reporting more than 2,100 cases per day - up from 374 in mid-March - the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates the real number at more than 10,000 per day.

"In the last seven to 10 days, I know more people who have been infected than in any other seven-to-10-day time period in the whole pandemic," said Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. "We're not seeing the numbers reported out like that just because some people aren't getting tested."


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