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New Covid Cases Are on The Rise in Minnesota

Minnesota was rushing out of hospital beds to care for Covid patients and health care workers on Wednesday, as the state dealt with the highest number of new cases and fatalities this year.

According to health experts, the vast majority of the new casualties are unvaccinated Minnesotans who became infected with the rapidly spreading Delta strain.

New Covid Cases Are on The Rise in Minnesota

And, when the temperature cools, the likelihood of contracting the virus will rise as individuals head indoors, scientists predict. 

It’s heartbreaking to see the recurring spike, especially with fears that the autumn maybe even worse with cooler temperatures, as said by Dr. Sadiya Khan, epidemiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told NBC News.

New Covid Cases Are on The Rise in Minnesota

Minnesota, with a vaccination rate of 59 percent, outperforms nearby Wisconsin (57 percent), South Dakota (52 percent), and Iowa (55 percent), and outperforms North Dakota, where just 45 percent are completely vaccinated, according to Mayo Clinic data.

According to the CDC, the national average is 56%, with Vermont at the top with 70% of its people completely vaccinated and West Virginia at the bottom with only 41%.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota’s 8.3 percent incidence of new infections in the past seven days was among the highest in the country.

With the quantity of virus out there and the community that isn’t protected by the vaccination, there’s sadly enough opportunity for the virus to continue to do its harm, Jan Malcolm, the state’s health commissioner, said at a recent press conference. 

The current scenario has been described as a gut blow to public health experts who believed vaccine advances would stamp out the pandemic by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, one of the state’s main publications.

Khan stated that his frustration is reasonable. Throughout the Covid-19 epidemic, they have observed increases in different states at different periods that haven’t always made sense, Khan added. 

These statistics in Minnesota alarm me not only for Covid-19 patients but for all patients with heart disease and cancer who are unable to receive normal care because health care systems are at capacity. We shouldn’t be having the same talks that feel like they’re from ‘Groundhog Day,’ with an effective vaccine.

According to M. Kumi Smith, an assistant professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the increase is a result of school reopenings in September, which resulted in more transmissions.

On Tuesday, Minnesota health officials reported 7,942 new Covid cases and 10 fatalities, nine of which were senior people.

According to the most recent state health department data, Minnesota has recorded 746,768 Covid-19 cases and 8,330 fatalities since the outbreak began.

However, there is healthcare personnel to cope with the issue now than there were at the outset of the epidemic, according to Malcolm.

What’s essential to realize is that this isn’t so much about the physical asset of a hospital bed or a ventilator, which were major emphasis earlier in the pandemic, but now it’s more about health care worker capacity, Malcolm said. What is their reason for leaving? Malcolm described his situation as extreme stress and exhaustion.

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