Live updates: New COVID-19 cases in Minnesota lowest since April 2020

Minnesota and the US continue efforts to reach a major COVID-19 vaccine-related milestone by Independence Day.

MINNESOTA, USA – Tuesday June 22nd

  • Minnesota new COVID-19 cases lowest since April 2020
  • USA achieve 300 million vaccinations in 150 days 150
  • Biden, Walz continue to push for a 70% vaccine milestone by July 4th
  • U of M begins study of COVID vaccines for immunocompromised

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 80 new COVID-19 cases and one more death on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s new total of 80 cases is the lowest since April 4, 2020. It’s one of three days in June with a total of less than 100. New deaths have stayed in single digits for 11 consecutive days.

The latest numbers are in line with current COVID-19 trends in Minnesota as vaccine progress continues.

Hospital admissions have remained stable since Monday’s numbers. MDH said a total of 114 people with COVID-19 will be hospitalized in hospitals in Minnesota. Of this group, 32 are in the intensive care unit.

The percentage of partially vaccinated people in Minnesota has increased slightly. As of Sunday, the latest available data, 3,029,339 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine and 2,830,857 have received the full series and are considered fully vaccinated.

That means 66.4% of Minnesotans ages 16 and over received at least one dose. Only slightly fewer are fully vaccinated – 62.5%.

Governor Tim Walz is aiming to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70% of the population partially vaccinated by July 4th, but both Minnesota and the US could miss.

Biden now has the Milestone of 300 million shots administered 150 days from taking office. Currently, 65% of adults across the country have received at least one injection. However, the pace of new vaccinations in the US has slowed significantly, from its peak of nearly 2 million a day about two months ago.

University of Minnesotaota Medical School announced on Monday that it will initiate a study of the immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine in immunocompromised people. Researchers are looking for volunteers for the two-year study. Minneapolis is one of four locations across the country participating in the national study.

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 100 new COVID cases and four deaths from the virus across the state on Monday.

The new numbers for the past 24 hours are in line with the trend of the past few weeks, showing relatively low case numbers and deaths as vaccine progress in Minnesota increases. Monday’s report marks just over two weeks with new cases under 200 and 10 days with single-digit deaths.

As of Saturday, the latest available data, 3,028,086 Minnesotans have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine and 2,828,850 have received the full series and are considered fully vaccinated.

That means 66.4% of Minnesotans ages 16 and over will receive at least one dose.

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