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Northern Minnesota among nation's hot spots for new COVID-19 cases

At 96% ICU capacity and 93% non ICU beds now full, hospitalizations are at highest point this year.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Northern Minnesota is among the nation's hotspots for new cases, sometimes double the rest of the state according to a New York Times analysis , with a band of high spread running from the northern metro moving northwest.

"New daily cases have risen by 29 percent in the last two weeks and hospitalizations by 17 percent," according to an article highlighting the spread in Minnesota and published on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Following are the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations as of Wednesday. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES: 2,388
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 52.4% (as of 10/5)

  • TOTAL CASES: 749,144
  • TOTAL RECOVERED: 719,185

Hospitalizations, deaths




  • TOTAL DEATHS: 8,354

Of the 24 deaths, just 5 were in long term care. According to state health records cited in The New York Times , 96% of ICU beds are now full and 93% of non-ICU beds are full.


  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,430,921 and 74% of population

  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,262,423 and 70.6% of population

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Paul John Scott is the health reporter for NewsMD and the Rochester Post Bulletin. He is a novelist and was an award-winning magazine journalist for 15 years prior to joining the FNS in 2019.
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