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As deaths rise, Minnesota’s number of new COVID-19 cases falls week-on-week

As deaths rise, Minnesota's number of new COVID-19 cases falls week-on-week

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health officials reported an additional 56 COVID-19 deaths in the state on Friday, Nov. 26, bringing the total death toll from the pandemic to 9,338.

The state averages more than 30 deaths a day over the past seven reporting days — the highest average since mid-January. The number of people being treated for COVID in Minnesota hospitals remains near the 2021 peak. And the number of active COVID cases in the state remains near levels not seen in nearly a year.

But amid that grim news, there are some potential encouraging signs in the trajectory of the Minnesota pandemic as the state enters the holiday season.

Friday’s update showed 4,131 new COVID cases in Minnesota — still an alarmingly high number, but also a week-on-week decline in new cases.

Averaged over the past seven reporting days, Minnesota has averaged about 4,175 new cases per day — down from nearly 4,500 early last week.

The average test positivity rate also falls. It’s now just over 9%, down from over 10% last week.

Friday’s update represents data from Wednesday; there was a delay in reporting due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

It remains to be seen whether the decline in the number of cases and the test positivity rate are a temporary shift in the numbers, or the start of something more sustainable.

Driven by the highly contagious delta variant, the entire state is showing high levels of COVID-19 transmission, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The current rise is largely driven by the rising number of cases in greater Minnesota.

As of Friday’s update, 65.3% of eligible Minnesotans — ages 5 and older — have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. That includes about 21% of children in the age group of 5-11 who qualified for the vaccine earlier this month.

When focusing only on Minnesotans who have been eligible for the vaccine for longer — people ages 12 and older — the percentage of people on at least one dose is 75%. More than 71% are fully vaccinated.

However, the battle continues to get the first shots in more Minnesotans. Large gaps in vaccination coverage remain between regions and provinces.