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COVID indicators' mixed signals leave Minnesota threat unclear through late summer

Wastewater levels declined in the Twin Cities, but other signs have pointed to rising COVID-19 levels in the state


Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Arabelle Rohs of Sherburne County dressed as the COVID-19 virus as she stood with her llama, Sherlock, before the start of the 4-H Llama Costume Contest at last year's Minnesota State Fair.

Mixed COVID-19 statistics in Minnesota offer little indication of the direction of the pandemic - other than to say that the coronavirus isn't going away.

New infections held steady in the state at a daily average of 1,402 in the week ending July 22, according to Thursday's state situation update, but viral levels in Twin Cities' wastewater declined by 8% last week.

Severe COVID-19 levels haven't worsened, but they haven't improved either. The 417 COVID-19 hospitalizations Tuesday - 36 involving intensive care - reflected a stagnant number of infected patients this summer.


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