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COVID In Minnesota: Viral Wastewater Load Up 100% From Previous Week

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - Health officials in Minnesota reported 1,464 new cases and 10 deaths in the state on Friday, and meanwhile the Twin Cities metro's viral load is up 100% from where it was the previous week, according to the Metropolitan Council.

Case growth is slowly ticking upwards, reaching 12.9 new cases per 100,000 residents as of last week. That's nearly double the figure for case growth compared to last month.

The wastewater evidence also shows that the Omicron subvariant BA.2 accounts for about 93% of the cases examined in the last week, but subvariant BA.2.12.1 is likely to be come the dominant variant in the coming weeks.

Hospitalizations are still below the line of caution, reaching 3.5 admissions per 100,000 residents. There were 24 people with COVID-19 in intensive care as of Thursday afternoon, and an additional 210 people in non-ICU beds.

MDH no longer reports positivity rate due to changing federal test reporting requirements.

Meanwhile, over 9.7 million vaccine doses have been administered in Minnesota. Roughly 70% of the state's population has received their first dose of the vaccine, while 46% have gotten their booster dose.

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