Minnesota health officials report 15 COVID deaths, 1,847 new cases – Duluth News Tribune

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health officials reported 1,847 new COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths from the virus Sunday, April 18.

Data from the Minnesota Department of Health indicates the recent rise in new cases that began at the beginning of March has flattened in the past week. Community spread of the virus has also slowed slightly, with 44% of new cases health officials aren’t able to trace to other known cases or outbreaks. That’s down slightly from a peak of about 47%, but still above MDH’s threshold of «high risk» to public health, which is 30%.

Vaccination rates have also plateaued over the past week, as more than half of Minnesotans 16 and older and 85% of Minnesotans 65 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. As of Friday, 2,274,426 Minnesotans have received one dose of a COVID vaccine, and 1,600,887 have completed their vaccinations.

Of the 15 reported deaths, six people were residents of long-term care facilities, and seven people were residents of the Twin Cities metro area. Chippewa, Clay, Goodhue, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Pipestone, St. Louis and Stearns counties each reported one death. Those who died ranged in age from their 50s to 90s.

COVID hospitalizations also appear to be leveling off, with 671 people hospitalized for treatment as of Friday. Of them, 165 people are being treated in intensive care units across the state.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 1,847

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 671

  • TOTAL CUMULATIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 29,006

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 15

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 7,020

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 2,274,426

  • COMPLETED SERIES: 1,600,887

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