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Minnesota reports 37 deaths, 1,592 hospitalizations for COVID-19

After dipping slightly in late December, the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 started to grow again amid a wave of new cases driven by the highly contagious omicron variant of the virus.

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ST. PAUL — Key metrics for the overall public health risk posed by COVID-19 in Minnesota continue to soar to unprecedented heights, according to the state health department's update for Wednesday, Jan. 19.

The seven-day rolling average test positivity rate as of Jan. 8, the most recently available date for that figure, was 23.2%. That breaks the pandemic record for the eighth daily report in a row. The seven-day rolling average for new cases per 100,000 reached 219.2, also a pandemic record.

Both figures are well beyond the threshold set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as "high-risk" — 10% for tests and 10 cases per 100,000.

The 44,626 cases reported Wednesday include backlog from the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and represent multiple days of testing.

Wednesday's report showed 1,592 hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Minnesota. After dipping slightly in late December, the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 started to grow again amid a wave of new cases driven by the highly contagious omicron variant of the virus.

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The surge has placed sustained pressure on Minnesota health care resources, with 96% of adult and pediatric intensive care unit beds occupied. There has been a shortage of ICU beds in the state for the past two months.

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

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 44,626
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 219.2 (as of 1/8)
  • TOTAL CASES, INCLUDING REINFECTIONS: 1,193,504
  • TOTAL REINFECTIONS: 32,946
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 23.2% (as of 1/8)

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,592
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 54,514
  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 37
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 11,037

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,810,423 or 73.1% of ages 5 and up
  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,570,777 or 68.5% of ages 5 and up
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 1,940,815
Alex Derosier covers Minnesota breaking news and state government for Forum News Service.
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