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Young Minnesotans account for 23% of new cases
Here are answers to questions you may have about vaccines and the state's strategy to vaccinate millions of Minnesotans.
The state's test positivity rate and hospitalization growth rate are also at levels that public officials consider to be warning signs.
Some evidence suggests that highly infectious and possibly more serious COVID-19 variants are also responsible, sickening those at younger ages who would have otherwise not needed medical care.
Gov. Tim Walz and FEMA announced Monday that shots will begin at the Falcon Heights location on April 14.
An estimated 770 youth who have aged out or are close to it would be eligible for assistance.
Emergency changes in telehealth rules likely to outlast pandemic.
More than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered this month.
Gov. Tim Walz will make the announcement on Friday. Vaccinators will be asked to prioritize shots to those with high COVID-19 risk.
New infections have jumped 9% this month in 10- to 14-year-olds. Officials reported 1,857 new COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths.
All adults will be eligible by May, but shots could stretch into June.
Nearly 21% of states residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose
The latest updates on Gov. Tim Walz's coronavirus restrictions, from mask mandates to caps on gatherings.
Four labs now face state investigation, possible administrative penalties for reporting failures.
COVID-19 vaccinations for Minnesota's Black, Hispanic and Asian populations lag behind shots given to the state's white population. The information comes from 10 large health care systems.
People who care for relatives with complex needs qualify as health care workers, but some clinics and local public health agencies aren't aware of that.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the third vaccine to receive regulatory approval
Nearly 17% of the state's population has been vaccinated
Minnesota health officials also added workers in the court system and some public health jobs after the 70% of those 65 and older are vaccinated by the end of the month.
Goal is to get 70% vaccinated by end of March
More than 1.3 million Minnesotans will become eligible for vaccine in April due to underlying health conditions. But new questions were raised by a federal panel Monday that some states were defining eligibility too narrowly.
The number of doses given increased 28% last week
New state vaccination guidelines leave off people with some chronic conditions and disabilities
More than 800,000 Minnesotans have received first doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Once 70% of Minnesota's seniors are vaccinated by the end of March, the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout will move on to those with underlying health conditions and workers who are at high risk for infection.
Recommendation comes as more children are returning to school.
State will prioritize essential workers and medically vulnerable after 70% of seniors are vaccinated by the end of March
Feds send $3M to Minnesota for COVID-19 vaccination sites
Donation will fund a center for anti-racism health equity research in School of Public Health
It could come within a week after state officials make final decisions about the next phase of the rollout, the governor said.
Nearly 14% of the state's residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot
The hire is part of an effort to eliminate health care disparities and improve patient health.
Some Minnesota health care systems have begun COVID-19 vaccination outreach programs to communities that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic.The efforts come as…
Recent shift in vaccine priority groups delays shots for those at highest risk, critics say
State health officials say there are promising signs the COVID-19 vaccine is reducing infections.
Some providers have not received any vaccine for weeks, the trade group said, adding that the new state COVID-19 vaccine allocation system deprives some rural communities of doses needed for patients.
State health officials estimate that 9% of the state's population has gotten at least one of the two recommended shots. Among those 65 and older, the number is 23.1%. Minnesota providers will receive nearly 84,000 vaccine doses next week.
Speaking before a Minnesota House health committee, the epidemiologist said that with many other vaccines immunity protection improves when the doses are spaced out by months. The Minnesota Department of Health said it plans no changes to the dosing schedule.
Minnesota health officials are shifting away from reliance on nine state-sponsored COVID-19 community vaccination sites that opened two weeks ago toward established local providers, long the backbone for delivering influenza and other vaccinations.
7.6% of state residents have been vaccinated
Six weeks after the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in Minnesota, clinics not part of the large health systems are getting their first notification about where they stand in line, raising questions about planning shortfalls.
It does raise questions about the distribution system for Minnesota's seniors, given that some have to wait while others don't.
State officials have begun notifying seniors who were picked to receive COVID-19 vaccines this week by text, e-mail or phone. There were 18 COVID-19 deaths and 851 new confirmed cases Wednesday.
State officials said that the new system experienced heavy traffic shortly after it opened at 5 a.m. Tuesday, but wait times improved throughout the day.
Slots for vaccine shots will be assigned by lottery for those who register. The registration window is open until 5 a.m. Wednesday. Minnesota health officials announced another eight deaths and 727 newly confirmed cases.
A key senator said the state Health Department should rely on pharmacies and clinics to help administer vaccine shots.
Minnesota is approaching 6,000 total coronavirus fatalities.
State officials had hoped to get more than 60,000 vaccine doses each week from the federal government.
Vaccination sites are administering 13,000 to 14,000 shots on weekdays.
People who are not in the designated high priority groups can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but the shots will still not be widely available. An announcement about expanding eligibility is expected in a few days.
The state vaccine supply reaches more than 558,000 doses
A prominent lawmaker called the pace of the vaccine rollout "unconscionably slow."
Pressure on available beds has eased, but the threat of more COVID-19 spread hasn't.
Another 54 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19 complications and 2,543 have tested positive, closing the book on the pandemic's 2020 impact in Minnesota.
Essential workers and those older than 74 will be next in line for vaccinations. Because demand far outstrips supply, the shots will continue to be rationed and the general public may not have any access until late spring or early summer.
The University of Minnesota is to begin a new COVID-19 vaccine trial next week.
Testing volume before Christmas was down by almost a third compared to Thanksgiving; meanwhile, state officials are on alert for emergence of a more contagious virus strain.
The state Health Department reported 988 new cases on a relatively low test volume.
Testing volume was at its lowest in nearly two months.
It will take time before the vaccines out now, and others in the pipeline, can make a significant dent in the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus.
The pandemic has now claimed 5,107 state residents.
The state has recorded more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in just 17 days.
Nursing home vaccinations are scheduled to start Monday
Daily case rates have been decreasing, with 1,513 new cases reported Wednesday.
A leader of one of the clinics said Minnesota's vaccination plan resembles a "trickle-down" model that perpetuates long-standing health inequities in the state.
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the state could surpass 5,000 total coronavirus deaths this week.
As COVID-19 raced across the U.S., elderly residents in long-term care faced the gravest peril. But little was done, and the virus savaged care centers plagued for years by poor infection control and lax oversight.
The order closing bars, restaurants and gyms is set to expire next week.
The Minnesota Department of Health reported 3,773 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the pandemic total to 370,968. Minnesota has seen 4,292 fatalities and is on pace to surpass 5,000 deaths by the end of the year.
"We have much work to do around getting the vaccine and also addressing their concerns," a Mayo Clinic researcher said.
Though new case numbers have moderated from high levels in November, reports of new deaths have continued to be high since Thanksgiving.
More studies are required before children, pregnant women and mothers who breastfeed can get the shot.
The pandemic has claimed more than 4,100 lives in the state. Since Thanksgiving, there have been 734 deaths, an average of 54 new deaths reported each day.
The federal government, which controls the distribution of the vaccine to the states, has told Minnesota officials that the first shipment will contain 46,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.