98% of Minnesota adult ICU beds occupied as COVID hospitalizations rise
State reports 45 deaths, 1,621 COVID-19 hospitalizations.
ST. PAUL — West-central Minnesota and the Twin Cities had no available adult intensive care unit beds available early this week as a long fourth wave of COVID-19 infections continued to send hospitalizations soaring, according to state data released Tuesday, Dec. 7.
After reaching heights not seen in nearly a year this November, the number of ICU and other hospitalizations for COVID-19 reached 1,621 on Monday, the most recent available count.
Statewide, nearly 98% of adult ICU beds and 95% of overflow, observation, and active surge/expansion beds for adults were occupied, according to the state Department of Health. Fifty-six of 68 hospitals in the state, or 82%, reported no adult ICU bed availability.
Along with continued record-setting hospitalizations, the Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday reported 45 deaths and 12,445 new cases of COVID-19, as well as a renewed climb in key measures of community transmission risk.
Facing critical shortage, Minnesota to cover tuition for certified nursing assistants The Walz administration on Monday, Dec. 6, set a Jan. 31 target to train and deploy 1,000 new certified nursing assistants.
A third federal medical team will deploy to Minnesota to help combat COVID-19 Gov. Tim Walz said he requested the team on Tuesday and the 14-person group is set to touch down in Minnesota on Friday.
As of Nov. 29, the seven-day rolling average positivity rate for COVID-19 tests was 11.5%, a sharp climb after the rate started to drop the week of Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, the seven-day rolling average for cases per 100,000 people was 68 — also a reversal of a downward trend the week of Thanksgiving.
Following are the MDH COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Tuesday. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.
Statewide case rates
- NEW CASES: 12,445
SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 68 (as of 11/29)
- TOTAL CASES, INCLUDING REINFECTIONS: 945,445
- TOTAL REINFECTIONS: 11,022
- SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 11.5% (as of 11/29)
ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,621
TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 47,053
DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 45
TOTAL DEATHS: 9,699
FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,676,498 or 70.5% of ages 5 and up
COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,411,323 or 65.5% of ages 5 and up
BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 1,267,488
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