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Minnesota reports 72 deaths, 1,549 hospitalizations for COVID-19

Hospitalizations remain high, though measures of public health risk continued to drop.

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ST. PAUL — Hospitalizations for COVID-19 remained high in Minnesota according to state data released Thursday, Dec. 2, but key metrics showing risk for community spread continued to decline.

The seven-day rolling average positivity rate for COVID-19 tests was 10.1% as of Nov. 24, the most recent available figure. At its continued rate of decline, Minnesota would no longer be in the range of high public health risk, the threshold for which is a 10% rolling average positivity rate. The seven-day average for daily cases per 100,000 residents also continued to drop.

The state on Thursday announced its first confirmed omicron variant case of COVID-19.

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

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 5,313
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 73.9 (as of 11/24)

  • TOTAL CASES, INCLUDING REINFECTIONS: 921,249
  • TOTAL REINFECTIONS: 9,531
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 10.1% (as of 11/24)

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,549

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 46,416

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 72

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 9,554

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,655,679 or 70.1% of ages 5 and up

  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,373,236 or 64.7% of ages 5 and up

  • BOOSTERS AND THIRD DOSES: 1,139,911

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