Minnesota health officials wait on feds for vaccine guidance

Minnesota health officials wait on feds for vaccine guidance

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KEYC) - Minnesota health officials say they’re waiting for more information from the federal government on its new guidance to expand eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine.

This week the federal government urged states to immediately start vaccinating groups that had been lower down the priority scale than before, including people age 65 and older and younger people with certain health problems. The Minnesota Department of Health says no additional vaccine doses have been made available for Minnesota so far. But the department said it’s ready if the supply increases. The state has prioritized frontline health care workers and long-term care residents.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KEYC) - The Minnesota Department of Health reports 1,598 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. The total accumulative number of cases in Minnesota since the pandemic began is 441,935. Of those total cases, 34,437 are health care workers.

There have been 43 additional deaths tied to COVID-19. The statewide death toll is now at 5,817. Deaths among cases that resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities are 3,716.

There are 420,919 people who are no longer isolated.

23,113 people total have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. Of that total, 4,836 were hospitalized in ICU.

The total approximate number of tests completed is 6,043,802.

For daily updates and more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.

DES MOINES, Iowa. (KEYC) - Iowa surpasses 300,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 1,532 new cases, raising the total to 301,773.

There are 19 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, raising the statewide death toll to 4,251.

262,247 people have recovered and are no longer isolated.

1,411,419 people have been tested statewide.

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