Still, as large portions of the Minnesota population — regardless of race — remain unvaccinated, officials say work needs to continue.
The omicron variant has caused such a large spike in new cases that Minnesota Department of Health staff has fallen behind confirming the deluge of positive tests submitted.
Minnesota is setting state records for its case positivity rate, which most recently stood at 22.2 percent.
While home antigen testing remains a useful — and underutilized — tool to curb the pandemic, experts say, it is often misused and may provide false confidence.
The short answer is probably yes, but let the test come to room temperature before taking it.
In the Twin Cities area at least, appointments for tests are scarce.
As the omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spreads rapidly through the state, more and more Minnesotans are hearing about potential exposures from family, friends and other close contacts.
In response to high testing demand in Minnesota, the Walz administration announced the opening of three new community testing sites.
The governor, his wife and son all tested positive and are isolating. Walz and his wife have no symptoms; their son has mild symptoms.
The most recent seven-day case positivity average — or the average share of positive cases out of total COVID-19 tests — is 10.6 percent, down from 11.5 percent the week prior.
Data on deaths and hospitalizations in Minnesota since vaccines became widely available show how stark the gap is between vaccinated and unvaccinated when it comes to COVID-19’s most severe effects.
Minnesota’s case positivity rate was up, currently standing at 11.5 percent.
Testing for variants like the newly identified omicron variant is a more complicated process than a basic COVID-19 test.
Though Minnesota’s weekly count of new cases and its case positivity rate were both down.
While the unusually high number of mutations in the omicron variant is surprising, the emergence of yet another SARS-CoV-2 variant is not unexpected.
Walz also downplayed the possibility for a special session, even after Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller said Republicans may back down from a threat to fire Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.
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Minnesota averaged 4,484 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the last week.
Minnesota also saw reported deaths and hospitalizations from the disease increase over the previous week.
On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health said they know of 8,184 cases throughout the pandemic in the state in which someone who previously had COVID-19 was reinfected.