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Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Active cases fall, vaccinations crawl



3 things you should know

  • Number of active cases drops to lows in April 2020

  • 65.2 percent of Minnesotans 16 and older received at least one dose of vaccine; 60.1 percent now completely vaccinated

  • State is unlikely to hit July 1 target of 70 percent of vaccinated adults

The latest Minnesota COVID-19 data offers further evidence that a pandemic is rapidly receding. Known, active cases have fallen below 2,000 for the first time since April 2020.

The vaccinations are just stumbling on, however, making it increasingly unlikely that the state will achieve its goal of providing at least one vaccination to 70 percent of the population aged 16 and over by July 1.

Here are Minnesota’s latest COVID-19 statistics:

  • 65.2 percent of Minnesotans 16 and older received at least one dose of vaccine; 60.1 percent fully vaccinated

  • 7,467 deaths (two new)

  • 602,880 positive cases; 98 percent discount on insulation

Officials recently found that the 70 percent target has already been met in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, but only about 57 percent outside the region.

Public health leaders have asked the still unvaccinated people to get their vaccinations and found it is easier than ever to do so.

Active cases withdraw

How quickly did conditions improve?

The state Ministry of Health report on Monday showed the number of known, active COVID-19 cases at 1,860 – below 2,000 for the first time since April 2020. A month ago, Minnesota had more than 14,000 known, active cases. At some point in November it exceeded 50,000.

Active, Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Minnesota

For the last seven reporting days, the state had an average of 232 new cases per day. Five weeks ago it was more than 1,500 a day.

243 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in Minnesota on Friday; 63 in the intensive care unit. Both numbers are trending down from their spring peaks. At the end of April, the number of hospital admissions was nearing 700 people, more than 200 of them in intensive care units.

Average daily hospital admissions have decreased by about half in the past three weeks.

Chart of new COVID-19 hospital admissions in the ICU and outside the ICU

Two newly reported deaths on Monday resulted in 7,467 pandemics in Minnesota. About 60 percent of the deceased lived in facilities for long-term care or assisted living; most of them had health problems.

New COVID-19-related deaths are reported in Minnesota every day

The state has so far recorded 602,880 confirmed or probable cases of the pandemic, including the 196 that were released on Monday.

About 98 percent of Minnesotans known to be infected with COVID-19 in the pandemic have recovered enough that they no longer need to be isolated.

New COVID-19 Cases Per Day in Minnesota

Regionally, all parts of Minnesota are in better shape than in late November and early December. The number of cases had crept across the state in April, but now they’re low and plummeting in every age group and region.

New COVID-19 Cases by Minnesota Area

People in their twenties are still the age group with the highest number of confirmed cases in the state – more than 111,000 since the pandemic began.

Although young people are less likely to experience the worst effects of the disease and be hospitalized, experts fear they can unwittingly pass it on to older relatives and members of other vulnerable populations.

The vaccination rate is slipping

The rate of vaccination has been largely in free fall since its peak in April and has been slow to continue.

Newly reported COVID-19 vaccine doses in Minnesota

Almost 2.9 million people aged 16 and over now have at least one dose of vaccine. More than 2.6 million have had their vaccinations as of Monday.

This corresponds to around 60.1 percent of the population aged 16 and over who are fully vaccinated and 65.2 percent with at least one vaccination, including 90 percent of those over 65 years of age.

Minnesota has seen a remarkable increase in the number of children ages 12-15 who were vaccinated since mid-May when federal agencies approved the Pfizer vaccine for use at this age.

Health ministry data shows that more than 87,000 12 to 15 year olds received at least one dose. That’s around 30 percent of this population with at least one shot. However, the pace has slowed after the early climb.

COVID-19 in Minnesota

The data in these graphs is based on the Minnesota Department of Health’s cumulative totals, released daily at 11:00 AM. You can find more detailed statistics on COVID-19 on the website of the health department.

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Wimbledon welcomes back the crowds after COVID-19 shutdown



LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – It may rain, umbrellas are as much a part of the English summer as striped jackets and strawberries and cream, but the return of Wimbledon will put a spring in the way for tennis fans whatever the weather.

The pristine grass pitches in south-west London went untrodden last year when one of the sports calendar’s highlights was canceled for the first time in three quarters of a century, another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It may not be a “normal service” just yet, the emphasis is still more on social distancing than socializing, but the game will at least resume with eager viewers in the thousands attending next week.

“When Wimbledon was canceled last year, it was a blow in the gut for our sport. A terrible time,” commented three-time Wimbledon winner and ESPN analyst John McEnroe. “So it’s amazing to have it back.”

The tournament is a government approved “pilot event” with a capacity of at least 50% increasing to a full 15,000 spectators for the men’s and women’s singles finals on Center Court.

Ticket holders must still provide proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test, or proof of full recovery from the virus and wear face masks when moving around the premises but not while seated.

The organizers warned that some distancing was required, especially when managing queues.

The most famous queue of them all – for returns and daytime tickets – has left the park and, like so much last year, has gone virtual, with sales on a mobile app and initially only to UK residents.

‘Henman Hill’, the grassy hill outside Court One where many fans usually gather to watch games on the big screen, will be open but details on the numbers allowed are still sketchy.

Players are limited to a maximum entourage of three, and even the biggest names must stay in approved hotels rather than renting private homes in the upscale neighborhoods as usual. Those who normally live in London also have to check into these so-called Wimbledon Bubble Hotels.

The reaction of the top players is full of excitement to go out again in the only Grand Slam tournament that did not take place last year.

“It’s going to be an incredible event … It’s our Augusta National, how green it is, how much this tournament has,” commented the hard-hitting American John Isner. “Everyone will be happy to come back.

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, a 2019 women’s semi-finalist, agreed that she was sorely missed.

“I think the whole Wimbledon experience is magical because we know the rules are pretty strict and this year they are getting even stricter with all the protocols we have to follow,” she said.

“But you’re only in white, you’re at such a beautiful venue, a historic venue, so the whole atmosphere that the fans make and walking on the square, that’s the whole experience I would say.”

Additional coverage by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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Heart Inflammation In Young Adults After COVID-19 Vaccine Is Rare, CDC Says : NPR



A teenager enters a pop-up vaccine site for COVID-19 in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens in New York City earlier this month. Scott Heins / Getty Images Hide caption

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A teenager enters a pop-up vaccine site for COVID-19 in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens in New York City earlier this month.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 323 cases of heart inflammation have been confirmed in people who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have mainly been observed in adolescents and young adults between 12 and 39 years of age – mostly after the second dose of vaccine. Symptoms include chest pain or pressure, and abnormal EKG and blood test results.

The CDC says most people who have experienced this side effect have recovered from their symptoms and are fine. Of the 323 cases, 295 were discharged from the hospital, nine remained in the hospital until last week, and 14 were not hospitalized at all. Results data were missing in five cases. No deaths have been associated with this side effect.

The CDC says that after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, some cases of heart inflammation have been reported to the vaccine adverse event reporting system, albeit not as many as for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

Pfizer's Teenage COVID Vaccine and Myocarditis: What You Need To Know

The number of cases has not increased much since last week when CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters at a White House briefing that the agency knew of “over 300” cases.

Officials say the side effect is extremely rare

The CDC says the results do not change the basic recommendation that all people 12 and older should receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. However, if a person develops myocarditis after the first dose, a second dose should be postponed until the condition has completely resolved and the heart has returned to normal.

“The facts are clear: this is an extremely rare side effect and only an extremely small number of people will experience it after vaccination,” said a statement. “What is important is that most cases are mild for the young people who do this, and those affected often recover on their own or with minimal treatment. Additionally, we know that myocarditis and pericarditis are much more common when you get COVID-19, and what are the risks? to the heart from COVID-19 infection can be more serious. ”

A representative from the Food and Drug Administration who attended the meeting, Dr. Doran Fink said the agency will add a warning to vaccine datasheets reflecting the risk of this rare complication.

Naturally occurring heart infections are rare, but do occur from time to time in teenagers and young adults. The rate seen after these vaccines is slightly higher than what would be expected for this age, which is cause for concern.

The data will be presented at a meeting of expert advisors convened by the CDC, which will be held practically on Wednesday and will be open to the public.

Teens receive vaccination cards after receiving an initial dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile clinic at YMCA Weingart East Los Angeles in Los Angeles last month. Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via Getty Images Hide caption

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Teens receive vaccination cards after receiving an initial dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile clinic at YMCA Weingart East Los Angeles in Los Angeles last month.

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Officials are also testing booster shots

The group also deals with the issue of booster doses. A CDC report submitted to the panel of experts said the agency would recommend a booster dose only if there is evidence that people who have received the vaccines become infected in significant numbers. The agency wouldn’t rely on a decrease in antibodies alone.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes recommendations for the use and planning of all approved and approved vaccines in the United States. It was not planned to vote on recommendations regarding the use of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines on Wednesday.

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St. Louis Pandemic Doctor: COVID-19 Now Almost ‘Universally Preventable’ With Vaccines



For more than 14 months, Dr. Alex Garza, as the head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, a group of senior leaders from the area’s hospitals, is the face of the area’s COVID-19 response.

The task force has suspended its weekly livestream conferences as coronavirus cases and hospital stays in the region’s hospitals have remained relatively flat.

Sarah Fentem, of St. Louis Public Radio, interviewed Garza about his job, the ongoing challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, and how health workers have dealt with last year’s psychological toll.

Sarah Fentem: One of the most interesting aspects of the briefings for me was seeing doctors and health care professionals show a lot of emotion and show the human side of health care that I don’t think many patients see. How are the workers now? Are they still taking a psychological toll?

Alex Garza: I would be surprised if they weren’t still wearing it. I think, as you know, and as many people know, I am also in the military and one of the things that has long ends after conflict is the post-conflict problems with PTSD and the psychological distress that goes on for a long time. And that’s really not much different. There are physical manifestations that will last for a long time.

From a social perspective, too, I think we have to go back and look at what has just happened in the past year and a half. How did we react as a society? What worked, what didn’t work, why didn’t some things work the way we wanted them to? And ask these serious questions.

Many of the topics are not necessarily scientific and medical topics. I think they’re more cultural and social than anything to do with “How do we make vaccines”. or ‘What are the protective things we have to do?’ The scientific knowledge has already occurred with the fact that it is above all the cultural and social things that pose the questions to be answered.

Fentem: The obvious follow-up question is: What questions do we have to ask ourselves culturally? You are probably thinking about vaccines, right?

Garza: During the pandemic, there have always been challenges with the counter-narrative, be it “this is none other than the flu” or “these classes of drugs will work,” although it has been scientifically proven that they don’t work. The whole theme of wearing masks, which sparked a whole new political and social dynamic, although science had undoubtedly proven its effectiveness. And the same with vaccines.

Fentem: Do you think doctors and the entire healthcare industry underestimated that in the beginning?

Garza: I think we have, I really do. Fortunately, we don’t have much experience with rampant pandemics and how they will be interpreted and how they will affect societies and countries.

The advent of social media and things like that presented a much greater challenge in protecting communities and encouraging people to do the right things to protect and prevent its spread. I think that was underestimated.

Fentem: Let’s talk about what’s going on in the hospitals right now. Who do you see coming to the hospitals and is the number of cases manageable at the moment?

The last time we somehow broke this, about 97% of the people who were hospitalized were unvaccinated. And it’s a younger cohort of patients too, which comes with the narrative of vaccinations. I think it is very frustrating and somewhat disappointing for health care workers to still care for patients with this disease, which by and large is preventable almost everywhere.

Fentem: The last question is related to that. We look at the hesitation of vaccines, and I hear a lot about the variants ahead. Is it possible that these two factors together take us back to last year? Is that something you are worried about?

Garza: I’m worried about that. I think it is possible that the number of younger patients will increase, but probably not at the level we saw in the fall and winter. The challenge is that when you look at what is driving the pandemic, there are a few things. One is the virus, how communicable is the virus? Of course, if you throw in a new virus that is more communicable and causes more disease, it leads to more cases and hospitalizations. The second is: What kind of mitigation strategies do I have? Virtually all of the mitigation strategies are now gone.

This is why you are seeing such a large increase in cases in places that are unvaccinated and have no public containment strategies. And you throw in those variations … it’s just science and math, there’s no magic. You introduce a highly virulent virus into a naive population, it will spread unless you take steps to prevent it from spreading.

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