Northern Minnesota among nation's hot spots for new COVID-19 cases

MINNEAPOLIS — Northern Minnesota is among the nation’s hotspots for new cases, sometimes double the rest of the state according to a New York Times analysis, with a band of high spread running from the northern metro moving northwest.

“New daily cases have risen by 29 percent in the last two weeks and hospitalizations by 17 percent,” according to an article highlighting the spread in Minnesota and published on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Following are the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Wednesday. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates NEW CASES: 2,388

SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 52.4% (as of 10/5)

TOTAL CASES: 749,144TOTAL RECOVERED: 719,185

SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 8.4% (as of 10/5)

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Hospitalizations, deaths

ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 990

TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 39,447

DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 24

TOTAL DEATHS: 8,354

Of the 24 deaths, just 5 were in long term care. According to state health records cited in The New York Times, 96% of ICU beds

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