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Minnesota reaches more than 1,500 COVID hospitalizations

Statewide, 74% of hospitals with adult intensive care unit beds reported zero availability.

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota hospitalizations for COVID-19 continued their climb this week in an apparent creep toward levels similar to the worst of the pandemic in late 2020, according to state health department data released Tuesday, Nov. 30.

As of Monday, the state had reached 1,532 hospitalizations for the virus, taxing the state's health care resources. Statewide, 74% of hospitals with adult intensive care unit beds reported zero availability. Of the COVID-19 hospitalizations, 343 were in an intensive care unit.

On Nov. 30 of last year, amid the peak of the pandemic in Minnesota, the state reached 1,848 reported hospitalizations for the virus.

November saw major growth in case rates and hospitalizations for the virus, and did not appear to be letting up as December approached. Minnesota early this week remained in the top five states for one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's metrics for community spread — seven-day case rates per 100,000. On Monday Minnesota sat at 422.4, well past the category of high risk, which starts at 100 per 100,000.

Minnesota had no new deaths to report Tuesday as the health department did not process deaths Nov. 25-26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Reporting will resume Wednesday. The health department reported 12,632 cases from the weekend, but the numbers represented weekend backlog. Typical new case numbers as of the past week have been in the 4,000 range.

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

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 12,632
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 75.6 (as of 11/22)

  • TOTAL CASES, INCLUDING REINFECTIONS: 912,370
  • TOTAL REINFECTIONS: 10,338
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 10.6 (as of 11/22)

New case number represents weekend backlog.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,532

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 45,680

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 0

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 9,382

Minnesota had no new deaths to report Tuesday as the health department did not process deaths Nov. 25-26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Reporting will resume Wednesday.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,647,141 or 70% of ages 5 and up

  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,358,839 or 64.4% of ages 5 and up

  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 1,093,281

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Alex Derosier covers Minnesota breaking news and state government for Forum News Service.
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