Updated 11:40 AM
Minnesota’s COVID-19 number showed a moderate case increase on Tuesday, another day of relatively stable daily hospitals and single-digit deaths. Officials, however, continue to warn that the ongoing community level of the virus means further problems.
The Health Department reported 432 more confirmed infections, although caseloid was affected by lower test volumes.
Two closely observed metrics – the number of people currently in the hospital (238) and the number of patients in intensive care (131) – continued through September. In August, an average of 300 people were hospitalized every day.
In the epidemic so far, 85,351 illnesses have been confirmed, of which about 93 percent have reached the point, which no longer need to be isolated.
Five more deaths on Tuesday raised Minnesota’s toll to 1,927. Of those who died, approximately 73 percent were living in long-term care or assisted living facilities; Almost all had underlying health problems.
Viruses all over the state
New numbers arrive, as officers go a long way to get Minsoton back to normalcy. The state health commissioner says that we are in the “third or fourth innings” of the epidemic.
Hospitalizations and daily mortality rates are moderate. But new cases have been increasing for weeks, raising concerns that new cases will now cause more serious health problems later.
Public health officials have warned of the spread of the community, where the origin is not known properly, rising in Minnesota, inspired by informal gate-hijackers, weddings, college student meetups and other social events where people do not wear masks Are getting away socially or taking other precaution.
“We are really concerned about the degree of virus prevalent throughout the state and could easily escalate the controlled situation,” Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm told reporters on Monday.
“We are actually walking on the edge of the cliff and we are grateful that we have not fallen, but we have not gone far from the edge of the cliff,” said Krrish Ehrsman, the state’s director of infectious diseases, tapping an analogy that and Malcolm has used before.
“There is still a possibility of going sideways,” she said.
Like its partners around the country, health officials here are looking week after week for signs of an increase in infections associated with Labor Day weekend celebrations.
They are asking parents to stay home when they are ill, knowing how difficult it can be for many families, especially single-parent homes. They are also asking employers to understand.
College campus concerns increased
Health department experts are particularly concerned about the spread of the virus among young adults.
At the age of 20, the state has the largest number of confirmed cases – more than 20,000 – since the epidemic began, including more than 11,500 people in their 20s.
While it is less likely to feel the worst effects of the disease, experts worry about youth and young adults spreading it to grandparents and other vulnerable populations and hindering efforts to reopen the campus entirely in person-teaching. Can be put
They have been driving recent outbreaks, although the disease has been confirmed by high school-age children, with a total of 7,700 cases reported for children aged 15 to 19, since the epidemic began.
On Sunday, across the border from Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse responded to growing cases by moving all in-person classrooms online, closing dining halls and most campus buildings, and covering faces all the time indoors on campus. gave. On the road.
Classes are suspended on Mondays and Tuesdays before resuming online on Wednesdays.
UW-La Crosse’s move followed a decision last week to implement an immediate 14-day campus quarantine at Winona State University, near Minnesota, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to all non-business activities on campus Will limit
Ehresmann said Winona State, Concordia College in Moorehead and Minnesota State University Mancato have seen more than 100 cases reported to schools and students in the past two weeks.
Mankota is beginning to see an improvement in the situation, while it is too early to evaluate the steps taken by Winona and Concordia, he said.
Regularly, southern and central Minnesota and the Twin Cities suburbs have greatly increased new cases, while Hennepin and Ramsey counties show the slowest growth cases in the state.
Hot spots include southwestern Minnesota, where 75 cases have been traced to marriage in late August in Leon County, which officials now describe as the state’s largest single social spreader event.
On Monday, Minnesota officials also confirmed an outbreak of 122 cases at the Federal Women’s Prison in Waseca, which they said happened when federal officials moved people from outside the state to the facility who had COVID-19.
Ping ning third or fourth shift ‘?
While the decline in the number of hospitalized people is welcome news, Minnesota officials continue to inspire people to be vigilant against the spread of the disease.
They expect matters to mount up after the Labor Day holiday and warn that Minnesota may face a one-two punch this fall and winter from COVID-19 and the typical flu season.
State health officials made it clear Monday morning that Minnesota remains in the early phase of the epidemic. In terms of baseball, they see Minnesota less than halfway through the game.
“We are in the third or fourth innings of COVID-19”, Malcolm told MPR News on Monday morning.
Shea and Ehrsmann acknowledged that public perceptions of the epidemic have changed since spring, with people losing patience with curb on daily life and calls for vigilance.
Malcolm indicated that it was unlikely that the state would go back to the level of sanctions seen in March when public support for “theatrical works” was widespread. She now says the public wants the state to take “more measured and precise action”.
He added, however, that the government’s Tim Walz “does what he feels is necessary to keep a handle on this epidemic.”
Fall-in start of U Twin City Campus
After a two-week delay due to COVID-19, students are visiting the residence halls at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities on Tuesday.
U officials returned to campus earlier this month as COVID-19 cases started in colleges and universities across the country.
The “Maroon and Gold Sunrise” scheme released by U President Joan Gebel states that students living in residence halls will have to wait – until September 9 in Duluth, Tuesday in the Twin Cities and Friday in the Rochester Campus.
The withdrawal also comes with new restrictions.
Students have to stay in their hostels except classes, work and some activities for at least 10 days in the initial phase. Sanctions are expected to be relaxed, but the second phase requires all students to return by 9 pm. It is expected to last two weeks, followed by a two-week midnight curfew.
This is why schools such as the University of Wisconsin and Winona State University in La Crosse have established a two-week quarantine to prevent the spread of coronovirus.
– Tim Nelson | MPR News
Wisconsin sees an increase of cases
COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin have increased two-thirds over the past two weeks, the highest in the state at record levels.
On Sunday, Wisconsin reported more than 1,550 new confirmed cases, a new record for the state. It has been reported on the same day in more cases than Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota or South Dakota. Nor is it an extrovert – the number of new cases in Wisconsin has been increasing for two weeks, while the number of new trials has been flat.
Adjusted for population, Wisconsin averages more than 200 new cases per million inhabitants, double that of Minnesota. However, in late August, Wisconsin, Iowa and both Dakota saw significantly higher records. Since late August, Iowa and South Dakota have seen their cases decline, while North Dakota continues to report higher numbers of new cases per capita.
– David H. Montgomery | MPR News
Parents rally against falling sports postponement
A group of parents rallied outside the governor’s residence in St. Paul on Saturday evening and urged the Minnesota State High School League to allow football and volleyball.
The league approved plans in August to push two popular fall games to spring, with shorter schedules and other COVID-19 restrictions.
Dussell, Min. K Don Gilman founded the group, let them play Play MN; She said that the Facebook group attracted thousands of members in just a few days.
Gilman’s two sons play high school football, and he said parents – not the league – should decide whether their children can compete this fall. Gilman said he suspected that it would be spring.
“Tell me if our ground will tremble,” he said. “There is very little chance of having a season in spring.”
Other fall sports, such as football and cross country, began in mid-August with shorter seasons.
– Matt Sepik | MPR News
Federal jury trial to resume in Minnesota: Monday’s case will come up in the St. Paul court room with several safety precautions. Plexiglass panels are fitted between the juror seats, and potential gamblers have been investigated for health risks.
COVID-19 in Minnesota
The data in these graphs are based on the cumulative totals of the Minnesota Department of Health released daily at 11 am. You can find more detailed statistics on COVID-19 Health Department Website.