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Minnesota health officials warn of COVID-19 outbreak at South Dakota wrestling tourney

Positivity rate, hospitalizations on the rise as vaccination efforts continue.

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota health officials on Monday, April 12, urged athletes and spectators who attended a South Dakota wrestling tournament to get tested for COVID-19 after 16 people that attended the event tested positive.

Minnesota Department of Health officials said they'd tracked a growing number of COVID-19 cases in people who'd attended the Northland Youth Wrestling Association 2021 State Wrestling Tournament in Sioux Falls. The event that brought in more than 2,000 athletes and spectators took place between March 31 and April 3 at the Premier Center.

Health officials said they'd asked schools to watch for possible cases as Minnesotans from Cass, Le Sueur, Lyon, Morrison, Murray, Rice, Todd, Wright and Yellow Medicine counties had tested positive for the illness after going to the tournament. Eight schools, including six public and two private, had reported cases linked to the event.

“We know that Minnesotans desperately want to get back to doing the things we all love,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield said in a news release. “However, COVID-19 is spreading across Minnesota at a high rate. We ask Minnesotans to please be patient and to continue to use prevention measures, and not to gather in large groups of people, particularly indoors, and please continue to wear masks and physically distance."

Health officials said 64 Minnesota teams from 52 counties participated in the tournament. And they encouraged schools to keep up mitigation measures like masking and social distancing as well as monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms.

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Following are the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Monday, April 12. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 1,994
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 32.7 (As of Thursday, April 1)

  • TOTAL CASES: 544,046
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 518,658
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 6.7% (As of Thursday, April 1)

Positivity rates in excess of 5% are considered by health officials to warrant concern.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 651

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 28,255

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 2

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 6,959

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 2,084,554 people, or 47.3% of the state population

  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 DOSES): 1,420,318, or 32.2% of the state population

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Dana Ferguson is a Minnesota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Ferguson has covered state government and political stories since she joined the news service in 2018, reporting on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the divided Statehouse and the 2020 election.
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