COVID-19 levels flat in Minnesota ahead of cold and flu season
COVID-19 continues to look endemic, with new infections and hospitalizations remaining at lower, but constant, levels
October 7, 2022
COVID-19 surged in September in each of the past two years in Minnesota, but Thursday's weekly state update showed little change for better or worse so far this fall.
Minnesota averaged about 800 to 900 coronavirus infections per day in September, down from 1,300 to 1,400 per day this summer. The 449 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota on Tuesday represented a slight increase from the average of 430 since August.
Health officials remain concerned that COVID-19 could surge again, just as it did last fall when a severe delta variant of the coronavirus emerged. At this point last year, COVID-19 hospitalizations had already risen above 800 in Minnesota. But for now, the pandemic is behaving like an endemic of low-level but persistent infections.