Minnesota health officials on Monday reported five deaths from COVID-19, along with 1,470 infections, with a slight increase in infections among those who have been fully vaccinated. More than 7,000 people vaccinated against the virus have been infected, but health officials said that the rate of infection is low amid the 3 million Minnesotans who are vaccinated. Gov. Tim Walz extending a $100 incentive program for new vaccine recipients for one more week.
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Minnesota has extended its $100 reward program for people who get their COVID-19 vaccinations by another week. Any state resident age 12 or older who gets their first shot through Sunday, Aug. 22, can claim a $100 Visa gift card at mn.gov/covid19/100. Anyone who has gotten their first shot since July 30 is eligible.
Gov. Tim Walz announced the extension Sunday night, calling the incentive program a success. According to the governor, 55,456 newly-vaccinated Minnesotans have claimed rewards since the program began around two weeks ago.
Student COVID-19 vaccinations have been on the rise since the state launched the ‘Vax to School’ campaign last month. Two weeks into the campaign, more than 20,000 12-17-year-olds across the state have now received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and are on their way to being fully vaccinated by the beginning of the school year. The weekly number of first doses administered to 12-15-year-old and 16-17-year-old students is up 107% and 112% respectively.
According to new census figures, Minnesota’s white population dipped from 83.1% in 2010 to 76.3% in 2020, while the Black population rose from 5.1% to 6.9%. The 18-plus population rose to 9.2% in 2020 while the growth in the under-18 population lagged at 2.6%. Figures released earlier showed that Minnesota’s population grew from 5.3 million in 2010 to 5.7 million in 2020, just barely enough to let the state keep its eight congressional districts.
The University of Minnesota shifted gears on coronavirus vaccinations on Monday, saying it would begin requiring the shots after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approves vaccines. Minnesota will join hundreds of colleges across the country in requiring vaccinations. In Minnesota, state officials on Monday reported more than 1,000 new infections. Almost 300 people were hospitalized, more than triple the number of just three weeks ago.
The Bemidji Community Food Shelf is preparing for a brand-new event called Breakfast on the Farm, which will take place this Saturday. It’ll feature hayrides, biscuits and gravy, and a dunk tank. The event will be free to attend but there will be an at-will donation. Proceeds will go back into the general fund of the food shelf.
Breakfast on the Farm will be at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf from 8 AM until 11 AM on Saturday.
New figures show upward trends for new COVID-19 cases in Minnesota. The state is also above what the health department considers the line of caution in three key metrics — positivity rates, daily new cases, and new COVID hospital admissions.
Earlier today, Minnesota’s health department released its latest virus figures showing 1,667 more cases and four new deaths confirmed in the last 24 hours.