Live updates: Allina Health facilities limit visitors amid nearly 11,000 new COVID cases in MN

Here is the latest data on Minnesota’s fight against COVID-19, Delta and Omicron variants, and efforts to increase vaccinations and testing across the state.

Saint Paul, Minnesota – Editor’s note: The video above was originally broadcast on January 7, 2022.

  • Allina Health announces “red visitor status,” which prohibits patient visitors in its facilities with limited exceptions.
  • MDH reports new cases and new deaths
  • Officials are urging people to stop going to the ER and hospitals for COVID tests
  • MDH adopts CDC guidelines on reducing quarantine time
  • Saint Paul and Minneapolis announce mask mandates for businesses
  • FDA approved Pfizer boosters for Children aged 12 to 15 years
  • health care workers running out of hope mid omicron موجة wave

Allina Health announced that its facilities will begin “red visitor mode” Tuesday, imposing a ban on sick visitors with limited exceptions.

In a statement sent to KARE 11 on Monday afternoon, Allina said the safety of patients, staff and visitors is a “top priority.”

“Allina Health has never experienced any community illness affecting patients and staff to current levels of COVID-19,” the statement read. “The current increase in COVID-19 cases has increased levels of community exposure to it, and has sharply increased the pressure on the communities we serve and on an already strained system dealing with staff shortages.”

The statement went on to say that an average of more than 100 employees were fired each day in the first five days of 2022 either due to a positive COVID infection, or waiting for test results.

“The fatigue among health care workers and the general public is profound. We sympathize and hope that 2022 will bring a turning point in this pandemic; Hsing Su, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Allina Health, said, “However, we need to the public to help those who take care of us.”

Your health care provider continues to encourage masking, vaccination, and testing if you feel sick.

Visit Allina’s website for more information on current visitor policies.

The Minnesota Department of Health announced hundreds of new coronavirus cases and dozens of new deaths in the state on Monday. Health officials contribute the large number of cases to the backlog of cases from the weekend due to processing errors.

According to MDH, 10,964 people have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 1,075,028.

MDH officials on Monday reported 44 new COVID-related deaths.

Since the pandemic began in 2020, Minnesota has reported 10,810 COVID-related deaths.

Officials say 5,201 COVID-related deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities or assisted living facilities.

According to MDH’s latest published data, more than 1,300 people are being treated for COVID in hospitals in Minnesota, with 1,180 patients in non-ICU beds and 255 in the ICU.

ICU bed space remains low across the state.

MDH reported total doses of 8,849,903 vaccines administered in the state, with 3,775,306 subjects 5 years of age and older receiving at least one injection (72.4%). Of that number, 3,541,401 people have completed their COVID series and are considered fully immune (68%).

Among children 5 to 11 years of age, 166,954 children received at least one injection (33%) and 128,459 completed their vaccination series (25%).

According to the state Vaccine Dashboard, of the total number of doses administered in Minnesota, 59.6% are Pfizer, 36.6% Moderna and 3.8% Johnson & Johnson.

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