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Minnesota reports 75 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday

ICU bed availability remained strained Wednesday as overall hospitalizations continued to rise.

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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday, Dec. 8, reported 75 deaths and 3,140 new cases of COVID-19, as well as a continued climb in hospitalizations across the state.

The number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 reached 1,642 on Tuesday, with 321 patients in intensive care unit beds and 1,321 in non-ICU beds. Northeastern Minnesota hospitals reported no available staffed adult ICU beds, and 97% remained occupied across the state, according to MDH.

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

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 3,140
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 70.4 (as of 11/30)

  • TOTAL CASES, INCLUDING REINFECTIONS: 948,490
  • TOTAL REINFECTIONS: 11,082
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 11.5 (as of 11/30)

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,642

  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 47,551

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 75

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 9,974

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,679,928 or 70.6% of ages 5 and up

  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,418,018 or 65.6% of ages 5 and up

  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 1,285,957

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Wednesday urged testing and vaccinations for COVID-19 ahead of the holidays. More information on vaccinations and testing can be found on the Minnesota COVID-19 response website .

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