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New COVID-19 estimate: 82% of Minnesota kids already infected


August 19, 2022

David Joles, Star Tribune

Juliana Biederman of Lino Lakes held her son Sully, 3, who got his first COVID-19 vaccine dose from nurse Joan Wynne at the Mall of America this summer.

Minnesota is heading into the school year with modest but persistent COVID-19 levels in a state population that, for the most part, has already been hit by the pandemic.

An estimated 82% of Minnesota children have been infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to an update this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The estimate is based on a double-check of 675 blood samples submitted in May and June for various medical tests, and likely indicates a high rate of prior COVID-19 cases among Minnesota adults as well.

"I think the number is likely correct; this virus has saturated our population," said Michael Osterholm, executive director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.


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