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New variants show little impact so far on COVID-19 trends in Minnesota

Neither COVID-19 nor flu numbers have surged in Minnesota after the holidays, defying seasonal patterns


January 20, 2023

Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

Dan Boyd received his second COVID-19 vaccine booster shot from nurse Joan Wynne in Bloomington this summer.

COVID-19 trends remain flat or improving in Minnesota, despite new coronavirus variants taking hold in a population that has fallen behind on vaccine recommendations.

Minnesota hospitals reported only 398 inpatient cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday - the first time since mid-October that the total had been below 400, according to Thursday's state pandemic situation update. Viral loads in wastewater declined slightly on Monday across all six state reporting regions, according to the latest University of Minnesota monitoring data.

"You don't get a sense much is changing. There is still a lot of virus in wastewater but it's not going up or down significantly," said Dr. Timothy Schacker, vice dean for research at the University of Minnesota Medical School.


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