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Minnesota reports 22.2% positive COVID test rate

The state has reached 11,000 deaths from the virus.

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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday, Jan. 18, reported continued growth in metrics for the overall public health risk posed by COVID-19 as it reached its 11,000 death from the virus.

The seven-day rolling average test positivity rate as of Jan. 7, the most recently available date for that figure, was 22.2%. That breaks the pandemic record for the seventh daily report in a row. The seven-day rolling average for new cases per 100,000 also continued to climb into record territory — 172.8.

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.

Meanwhile, officials reported 10,651 new cases and 1,610 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.

The surge has placed sustained pressure on Minnesota health care resources, with 95% 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.

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

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 10,651
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 172.8 (as of 1/7)
  • TOTAL CASES, INCLUDING REINFECTIONS: 1,148,888
  • TOTAL REINFECTIONS: 28,580
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 22.2% (as of 1/7)

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,610
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 53,836
  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 29
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 11,000

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,799,301 or 72.9% of ages 5 and up
  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,563,082 or 68.4% of ages 5 and up
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 1,900,456
Alex Derosier covers Minnesota breaking news and state government for Forum News Service.
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