Hospitalization rates continue to rise, which could mean higher death counts in the near future.
The vast majority of the people whose deaths were reported on Sunday — 46 out of the 57 — were Greater Minnesota residents.
A total of 1,019 COVID-19 fatalities, or nearly a third of all deaths in Minnesota from coronavirus, have been reported so far in November alone.
The number of Minnesotans in the hospital with COVID-19 and those hospitalized in intensive care also continue to rise.
Some skin-lightening products marketed to women of color had mercury levels of 150,000 parts per million.
With 846 COVID-19 deaths so far, November is now Minnesota’s deadliest month of the pandemic.
Getting in touch with people who may have been in contact with those infected with COVID-19 was seen as a key strategy for arresting the spread of the disease. With daily new cases skyrocketing, authorities are scrambling to keep up.
MDH also announced 6,343 new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota on Monday, based on 57,015 new tests.
In early November, Benton, Mille Lacs, Sherburne and Stearns counties had four of the state’s top five highest weekly case rates, leading to a rapid rise in hospitalizations and putting acute pressure on the region’s health systems.
There have been 784 deaths from COVID-19 in Minnesota so far in November, making it the deadliest month of the pandemic.
Minnesota has now reported more than 60 deaths for three straight days, and there have been 693 deaths through the first 20 days of November.
“We could have piles of PPE and hundreds of beds and none of that matters if we don’t have people to care for our patients,” a hospital official said.
State and local officials are coordinating plans to vaccinate Minnesotans in the coming months — maybe even weeks for some.
Though Minnesota’s restrictions on public life have been labeled tyrannical by some, they look fairly weak compared to measures taken in other cities and states with far milder outbreaks.
Walz announced the rules — which will close bars, restaurants and gyms and severely curtail social gatherings for four weeks — in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases around the state.
The Minnesota Department of Health also announced 5,094 new cases on Wednesday, based on 37,026 tests.
Earlier this year, the nonprofit Youthprise offered a financial lifeline to keep clinics at the city’s three biggest high schools open — albeit one that funds the program only through the end of the year.
November is on pace to be the deadliest month of the pandemic so far in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Health also announced on Monday that 12 more Minnesotans with COVID-19 had died.
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