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Minnesota reports 1,616 hospitalizations for COVID-19

Weekly average positive test rates continued to climb, reaching 21.6%

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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday, Jan. 14, reported 11,560 new cases and 1,616 hospitalizations for COVID-19 as the state continued to experience an unprecedented surge of new infections.

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

The seven-day rolling average test positivity rate as of Jan. 6, the most recently available date for that figure, was 21.6%. That breaks the pandemic record for the sixth daily report in a row.

The seven-day rolling average for new cases per 100,000 also continued to climb into record territory — 154.6.

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.

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

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 11,560
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 154.6 (as of 1/6)
  • TOTAL CASES, INCLUDING REINFECTIONS: 1,138,246
  • TOTAL REINFECTIONS: 27,553
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 21.6% (as of 1/6)

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,616
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 53,478
  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 32
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 10,971

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,795,237 or 72.8% of ages 5 and up
  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,559,835 or 68.3% of ages 5 and up
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 1,885,895
Alex Derosier covers Minnesota breaking news and state government for Forum News Service.
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