Supply of vaccines is finally catching up to demand and clinics are starting to offer walk-in vaccinations. The challenge now is overcoming logistical hurdles for hard-to-reach populations and convincing the initially hesitant to get the shots.
The child, who lived in southwestern Minnesota, is the third person under the age of 18 to die of COVID-19 in Minnesota, according to MDH.
Chauvin was convicted of two counts of murder and one of manslaughter for killing George Floyd. He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.
The first groups to get vaccinated make up a smaller share of hospitalizations now than they did before. But for adults who do get sick — regardless of age — hospitalization rates have risen.
MDH also said there have been 560,450 total cases of COVID-19 in the state. That number is up 1,600 from the total announced on Tuesday.
Chauvin’s trial — the first in the state’s history to be broadcast live — is also believed to be the first time an on-duty white Minnesota police officer has been convicted of the murder of a Black person.
As of Saturday, the most recent day of data available, 2,292,756 people, or 41.2 percent of Minnesota’s population, has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
So far, Wright’s death has led to second-degree manslaughter charges against the officer involved; ignited a series of demonstrations; and prompted a shakeup of Brooklyn Center city government.
The pause in use of the J&J vaccine is expected to be brief as rare cases of blood clots are investigated.
The most recent seven-day case positivity average, which lags by a week, is at 6.7 percent, above the 5 percent “caution” threshold.
The degree to which vaccination prevents transmission of COVID-19 is still being studied, which means parents still need to exercise caution.
As of Monday, 1,658,176 people in Minnesota, or 29.8 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
After case interviews turned up a number of cases at a couple of Life Time facilities, MDH researchers collected more data to try to better understand the extent of the outbreaks.
How many more people just became eligible. Why now. And how you can get an appointment for a shot.
Though Gov. Tim Walz said the priority for vaccination is still older Minnesotans and those with underlying conditions, he encouraged all Minnesotans to sign up to get vaccinated if they had the opportunity.
Walz announced the change after a promise of increased vaccine supplies from the federal government.
As of Monday, the most recent day of data available, 1,454,834 people in Minnesota, or 26.2 percent of the population, had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.