In Minnesota, more than 500,000 third or booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been provided to combat the pandemic’s latest delta wave and decrease protection among those who received shots months earlier.
Despite the fact that the original COVID-19 vaccination doses continue to protect against severe sickness, hospitalization, and death, state health officials urged people to seek boosters as needed. Regardless of vaccination status, Minnesota’s pandemic totals reached 819,239 illnesses and 8,862 COVID-19 deaths, with 4,253 infections and 34 deaths reported on Monday. The state’s stated COVID-19 diagnostic testing positivity rate also increased to 8.5 percent, its highest level since 2021.
The percentage of deaths involving those under 65 has risen from 12% before June 1 to 26% since then, with the deaths of an Itasca County resident in the 25-29 age bracket and a Dakota County citizen in the 45-49 age range being included in Monday’s report. Long-term care facility residents, on the other hand, accounted for 60% of COVID-19 deaths prior to June 1 and 26% after then.