MinnPost gives updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday by means of Friday. The knowledge is printed following a press telephone name with members of the Walz administration or after the discharge of each day COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Division of Well being.
Listed here are the newest updates from September 16:
85,813 whole instances; 1,933 deaths
Seven extra Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Division of Well being mentioned Wednesday, for a complete of 1,933.
Of the individuals whose deaths have been introduced Wednesday, one was over 100 years previous, two have been of their 80s, three have been of their 60s and one was of their 50s. Three of the seven deaths introduced Wednesday have been amongst residents of long-term care amenities. Of the 1,933 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota, 1,402 have been amongst residents of long-term care.
The present loss of life toll solely contains Minnesotans with lab-confirmed optimistic COVID-19 exams.
MDH additionally mentioned Wednesday there have been 85,813 whole confirmed instances of COVID-19 in Minnesota. The variety of confirmed instances is up 462 from Tuesday’s rely and relies on 9,910 new exams. The diploma to which instances have — or haven’t — jumped within the wake of Labor Day weekend gained’t be recognized for a pair extra weeks. Circumstances jumped after the Fourth of July weekend.
The seven-day positivity common, which lags by every week, is 4.8 %. The speed has been beneath the 5-percent threshold that represents a stage of concern for days. You could find the seven-day optimistic case common over time here.
Hospitalization numbers stay secure. For the reason that begin of the outbreak, 7,019 Minnesotans have been hospitalized and 244 are presently within the hospital, 136 in intensive care. You could find extra details about Minnesota’s present ICU utilization and capability here.
Of the 85,813 confirmed optimistic instances in Minnesota, 79,583 are believed to have recovered.
MDH begins COVID-19 survey initiative
MDH has began an initiative to survey households throughout Minnesota to be taught extra about how the virus has unfold and the way a lot of the inhabitants has been uncovered to it.
Within the second half of this month, surveyors will go to randomly chosen households inside 180 neighborhoods across the state, mentioned Dr. Ruth Lynfield, the state epidemiologist.
The survey features a family questionnaire and free COVID-19 testing for the family, together with a nasal swab to find out whether or not an individual is presently contaminated with COVID-19, in addition to an antibody take a look at to detect whether or not an individual has beforehand had the virus. Participation is voluntary.
“We actually hope individuals will take part if these groups knock on their door,” Lynfield mentioned.
MinnPost wrote about this research and different MDH analysis plans to be taught in regards to the unfold of COVID-19 in June.
Well being officers categorical concern over prospect of sports activities resuming
Massive Ten soccer groups will play in 2020 in spite of everything, the conference announced Wednesday.
The Minnesota Excessive College League additionally hinted Wednesday it might restart the football and volleyball seasons.
Requested in regards to the potential public well being impression of such choices, Infectious Illness Director Kris Ehresmann mentioned that when she places her mother hat on — she has youngsters who participated at school actions — she understands it’s robust for households to see sports activities suspended.
“The general public well being hat, when I’ve that on, I acknowledge what we’re seeing with illness transmission and that’s actually regarding,” Ehresmann mentioned. It’s not simply the sports activities, she mentioned, however the social actions that associate with them.
As of Sept. 9, Ehresmann mentioned 1,452 confirmed instances of COVID-19 have been related to sports activities actions in Minnesota, together with 888 instances amongst adults. Of 62 clusters, 15 have been related to volleyball, 9 with soccer, 9 with hockey, 9 with soccer and 6 with volleyball. Because of this, 3,348 family contacts have been really useful for quarantine.
CDC releases vaccine playbook
The Facilities for Illness Management has launched a 57-page playbook to states as a way to help with COVID-19 vaccine planning. State plans are due again to the CDC on Oct. 16.
“I do need to acknowledge that the doc itself says that it’s not recognized but which vaccines might be out there, in what quantity, at what time, with what efficacy and with what storage and dealing with necessities, so whereas this doc might be very useful to us and we’ve been eagerly awaiting it, there may be nonetheless so much that’s unknown and that it doesn’t present for us,” Ehresmann mentioned.
The playbook outlines three phases of vaccine rollout. The primary, which anticipates restricted provide, focuses on well being care employees and people liable to extreme sickness. When a bigger variety of doses can be found, it will begin vaccinating the final inhabitants. Part 3 would contain enough provide for the entire inhabitants.
CDC Director Robert Redfield mentioned Wednesday he doesn’t anticipate a vaccine being extensively out there to the American public till the second or third quarter of 2021, the Washington Post reported.
The CDC playbook additionally discusses establishing a crew to plan COVID-19 vaccine allocation, and Ehresmann mentioned fairness might be thought-about.
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