Minnesota Health Officials Concerned About Spike in COVID Delta Variant Cases
(St. Paul, MN) -- State health officials are concerned about a rise in new COVID-19 infections. Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health says the Delta variant is responsible for about 75-percent of the new cases. Ehresmann said, "our concern is for some of these regions of the state where there is lower vaccination...that will be kind of the fuel for a potential fire with increased spread and caused by the variants." Minnesota's hospitals were caring for 109 COVID-19 patients on Monday. That's the highest number since June 23rd. Over the past week, an average of 99 people have been treated for COVID-19 complications each day. Ehresmann says vaccination rates are the lowest in Greater Minnesota.