New COVID-19 cases in Minnesota dropped 17 percent in the past week, with the state adding 13,619 new cases (a decrease of 2,777) to total 557,665 since the pandemic started.

Vaccination Update

On the vaccine front, 1,625,800 Minnesotans have received a full vaccine schedule (an increase of 205,472), which is roughly 29 percent of the state’s total population. The number of Minnesotans who have received at least one vaccine has grown to 2.3 million, or roughly 40 percent of the state's population.

Cases in Tri-County Area

• Scott County added 340 (a decrease of 67) cases in the past week, bringing its total to 14,585. Scott County also added one more death in the past week, bringing its total fatalities to 117.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Belle Plaine added 58 cases to total 1,091 since the pandemic started.

• Sibley County saw a 33 percent decline in cases in the past week, adding 28 (a drop of 14) new cases to bring its total to 1,291, and 10 deaths (no increase).

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, Henderson reported 7 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 187. Gaylord has reported 305 cases (an increase of 11), Arlington has 285, (an increase of 4), Winthrop has 179 (an increase of 3), Gibbon has 173 (an increase of 3), New Auburn has 27 (an increase of 4), and Green Isle has 139 (an increase of 10).

• Le Sueur County added 49 new cases (a decrease of 16) to total 2,624 cases and remains at 22 deaths.

According to the Star Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker data, the city of Le Sueur added 14 new cases in the past week, bringing its total to 585 cases. Le Sueur County has a 14-day case rate of  43.24, up significantly from last week’s 33.23.

Cases in Area Schools

Right now, nine schools have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19 within the tri-county area. Scott County is bearing the worst of it, with eight schools being affected, including one new one in the past week. At this point, no schools in Le Sueur County are affected.

Affected schools include Sibley East Elementary School in Gaylord (Sibley County), and Shakopee Area Catholic School (new), Shakopee West Middle School, Jordan Elementary School, New Prague High School, New Prague Middle School, Raven Stream Elementary in New Prague, Prior Lake High School in Savage, and Shakopee High School, all in Scott County.

State Overview

The state conducted 239,820 tests in the past week, bringing its total to 8,866,081 tests on approximately 3,911,831 people.

The state reported 67 deaths between April 12-19, down from 74 the previous week. To date, 7,026 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19.

Of the 67 deaths that occurred in the past week, 17, or 25 percent, occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. To date, 4,336 (61.7 percent) of the state’s 7,026 deaths have been in those facilities. At the same time, there have been 18,398 (an increase of 27) cases in those facilities, which is 3.3 percent of all cases statewide.

Of Minnesota’s 557,665 total cases, 40,523 have been in health care workers (an increase of 522) and 532,563 (95.5 percent) no longer need isolation.

While deaths have dipped a little, hospitalizations continue to surge. In the past week, 761 people (an increase of 75) were hospitalized, bringing the total to 29,016. This is a 10.9 increase from last week. The state also reported 141 more patients needing ICU hospitalization, 21 more than last week. To date, 5,922 people have needed ICU care due to COVID-19.

Cases in Congregate Care

The number of congregate care facilities in the tri-county area that have reported COVID-19 exposure in the last 28 days has held steady, with one facility dropping off and two new ones being added. Exposure is defined as a person diagnosed with COVID-19 who visited, worked, or lived at the facility while contagious.

• Scott County added two new facilities and had one drop off in the past week. Affected facilities include All Saints Senior Living in Shakopee (new), The Lutheran Home Association Nursing Home in Belle Plaine (new), and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee.

• Sibley County reported no changes in the past week. At this point, Oak Terrace Senior Housing of Gaylord is the only affected facility.

• Le Sueur County reported no changes in the past week. At this point, Traditions of Waterville is the only affected facility.

Cases in Ages Groups

Demographics for deaths compared to total number of cases are as follows:

• Age 100+: 113 deaths (an increase of 1); 337 total cases (no increase)

• Ages 90-99: 1,705 deaths (an increase of 9); 6,146 cases (increase of 24)

• Ages 80-89: 2,444 deaths (an increase of 16); 15,051 cases (increase of 84)

• Ages 70-79: 1,529 deaths (an increase of 13); 26,660 cases (increase of 333)

• Ages 60-69: 783 deaths (an increase of 19); 54,309 cases (increase of 1,040)

• Ages 50-59: 294 deaths (an increase of 7); 79,624 cases (increase of 1,868)

• Ages 40-49: 104 deaths (an increase of 2); 80,912 cases (increase of 1,923)

• Ages 30-39: 42 deaths (no increase); 91,594 cases (increase of 2,394)

• Ages 20-29: 10 deaths (no increase); 104,041 cases (increase 2,409)

• Ages 5-19: 1 death (no increase); 86,507 cases (increase of 3,085)

• Ages 0-4: 1 death (no increase); 12,433 cases (increase of 440).

Top Ten Counties in MN

1.Hennepin: 108,958 (+2,321)

2. Ramsey: 45,578 (+993)

3. Dakota: 39,239 (+923)

4. Anoka: 34,503 (+982)

5. Washington: 23,570 (+564)

6. Stearns: 20,144 (+409)

7. St. Louis: 15,707 (+344)

8. Scott: 14,585 (+340)

9. Wright: 13,137 (+310)

10. Olmsted: 12,676 (+176)

Minnesota to Halt Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday, April 13, announced they would be following the federal recommendation to halt the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six people developed an extremely rare type of blood clot following receipt of the vaccine.

As of April 12, more than 6.8 million  doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were administered in the U.S., including more than 184,000 doses in Minnesota. The blood clots occurred six to 13 days after vaccination.

Minnesotans who develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of receiving the J & J vaccine should contact their health care provider.

“While this issue appears to be extremely rare, CDC and FDA are acting in a very cautious manner that underscores our commitment to vaccine safety,” Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said. “We will be closely monitoring the federal review process and use that information to help guide our efforts here in Minnesota in the days ahead.”

The J & J vaccine represents approximately 6.6 percent of state’s total vaccine supply.

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