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Minnesota sees uptick in COVID cases; hospitalizations continue decline

The seven-day rolling average positive test rate for COVID-19 for March 17, the most recently available date for that figure, was 2.7% — a low not seen since July 2021.

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Ashland County has had 32 new diagnoses of COVID-19 in the last three weeks. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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ST. PAUL — Key metrics of community health risk for COVID-19 continued to drop in Minnesota over the past week, according to reports from the state health department, but case numbers saw an uptick.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 5,401 new cases of COVID-19 March 18-25, up from the 2,744 cases officials reported the week before. Meanwhile, hospitalizations and deaths continued to drop from peaks reached earlier this year. The report for Friday, March 25, showed 217 hospitalizations, down from 284 the week before. There were 48 newly reported deaths over the past week, versus 57 the week before.

The seven-day rolling average positive test rate for COVID-19 for March 17, the most recently available date for that figure, was 2.7% — a low not seen since July 2021 and down from an all-pandemic high of 23.7% during January's omicron variant-driven case surge.

Following are the MDH COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations for March 18-25. Because all data are preliminary, some numbers and totals may change.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 5,401
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 6.7 (as of 3/17)
  • TOTAL CASES, INCLUDING REINFECTIONS: 1,427,270
  • TOTAL REINFECTIONS: 62,639
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 2.7% (as of 3/17)

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 217 (as of 2/24)
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 61,413
  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 48
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 11,369

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,890,967 or 69.9% of population
  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,679,583 or 66.1% of population
  • UP-TO-DATE DOSES: 2,547,147 or 45.8% of population
Alex Derosier covers Minnesota breaking news and state government for Forum News Service.
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