Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Positive test rate creeps up – Minnesota Public Radio News

The percentage of positive COVID-19 tests once again crept above 5 percent over the weekend as cases and hospitalizations continued trending upward.
Sundays update from the state Health Department showed 5.3 percent of coronavirus tests were positive a troubling turn for one of the key metrics Minnesota health officials are monitoring.
Here are the latest coronavirus statistics: 

  • 55,947 cases confirmed (769 new) via 1,054,962 tests
  • 1,614 deaths (eight new)
  • 5,241 cases requiring hospitalization
  • 302 people remain hospitalized; 149 in intensive care
  • 48,847 patients no longer requiring isolation

Cases growing across age brackets, up north
Worries remain about the growth of coronavirus cases among younger Minnesotans, including that those infected will inadvertently spread the virus to grandparents and other more vulnerable populations.
Minnesotans in their 20s now make up the age group with the most confirmed cases in the pandemic more than 13,000. The median age of Minnesotans infected has been trending down in recent weeks and is now 36 years old.
Investigators continue to see rising cases with bars and restaurants at their center and are examining outbreaks in 28 establishments, Ehresmann said last week.
Consider all the roles you play in all daily interactions, she cautioned, noting that people who might not worry about themselves should worry about infecting vulnerable family members and coworkers.
Regionally, newly reported cases have been driven recently by the Twin Cities and its suburbs, but its present in all parts of the state, including the north, which had largely avoided the outbreak until recently.
Cases in Beltrami County, home to Bemidji, have more than doubled in the past week and a half, increasing to 191 as of Sunday.
Ehresmann last week said the Beltrami County case increase is tied to spread from athletic events and other public gatherings. Most of the states latest hot spots for the disease are in northern and central Minnesota.
Meatpacking operations had been hot spots for big outbreaks in southwest, west-central and central Minnesota earlier in the pandemic, but new cases have slowed considerably in recent weeks.
Developments from around the state
COVID-19 hit to state budget may last years
The COVID-19 pandemic could put a big dent in future state budgets.
A planning estimate released Friday by state finance officials shows a $4.7 billion revenue shortfall in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 because of the economic slowdown triggered by the pandemic. 
The state is already facing a more a $2.3 billion deficit this biennium, but Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans said the financial situation could change depending on the course of the virus.
“We need to see what’s going to happen with COVID-19 this fall,” Frans said. “And that also gives us some time to plan and make sure we make really smart strategic decisions before we have to make the long term budget decisions we’ll have to face for ’22 and ’23.”
The long-term outlook does not include any additional money the federal government might send to the states.
Brian Bakst | MPR News
End of federal $600 unemployment benefit leaves Minnesotans anxious: Tens of thousands of Minnesotans who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic have relied on an extra $600 weekly unemployment payment from the federal government to make ends meet. But that extra cash benefit has expired.
For Minnesotans, Walzs school plan brings more questions than answers: With little more than guidance from the state government for how to handle the upcoming school year, many Minnesotans remain in limbo for how their lives will look in a month. 
COVID-19 in Minnesota
Data in these graphs are based off Minnesota Department of Health cumulative totals released at 11 a.m. daily. You can find more detailed statistics on COVID-19 at the Health Department website.
The coronavirus is transmitted through respiratory droplets, coughs and sneezes, similar to the way the flu can spread.

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