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Seniors prime target of weaker COVID-19 wave in Minnesota


Jerry Holt, Star Tribune file

Kay Foley, left, and her daughter Chris Coverdale blew kisses to each other after an outdoor visit last July at the Jones-Harrison nursing home in Minneapolis.

When COVID-19 finally found its way to Worketu Gigesa - after two years of her family protecting her - the infection hit her hard.

The 97-year-old was admitted to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis this week, despite the circulating strains of coronavirus appearing to cause less severe illness than earlier versions in the pandemic.

"She didn't want to eat, she didn't want to drink, and she got weak," said her daughter, Demitu Abdissa. "I didn't know what was going on and I got worried and called 911."


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