ST. CLOUD — Another 202 tri-county residents tested positive for COVID-19 and one Benton County resident in their late 70s died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
On Saturday, MDH reported 2,075 more Minnesotans tested positive for the disease and 11 people died.
Stearns County reported 74 newly confirmed and probable cases. In Benton and Sherburne counties, confirmed and probable cases increased by 26 and 102, respectively.
The number of people who tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus reached 526,267 Saturday, and 6,875 people have died, according to MDH.
Since the start of the pandemic, 27,553 people have required hospitalization in the state.
According to MDH, 503,024 coronavirus patients no longer need isolation.
Globally, there are more than 130 million cases of COVID-19, including more than 30.6 million in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center. More than 2.8 million people have died of the infection worldwide, including around 554,000 people in the U.S.
Vaccines in Central Minnesota
As of Thursday, 36.3% of Stearns County residents 16 years and older had at least one vaccine dose. In Benton County, 25.2% of people 16 years and older had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, according to MDH, with Sherburne County reporting 25.1% of the same population had received at least one dose.
On Friday, CentraCare administered its 100,000th vaccine dose, according to a press release. CentraCare has vaccinated people throughout Central Minnesota since January.
“When we began administering COVID-19 vaccine to health care workers in late December and then the community on Jan. 18, we never envisioned we’d already be at 100,000 doses by April 2,” said Dr. George Morris, incident commander for CentraCare’s COVID-19 response, in a press release.
CentraCare’s goal is to get as many people vaccinated as possible, according to the release, focusing on those who need it most.
The St. Cloud VA also announced Friday it is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination program to all veterans, caregivers and spouses.
The SAVE LIVES Act, which was recently passed, expands VA’s authority to provide COVID-19 vaccinations.
Those eligible for a vaccine at St. Cloud VA can go to https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/ to register. To schedule an appointment with CentraCare, call 320-200-3200 or visit https://www.centracare.com/online-appointment-scheduling/covid-19-vaccination/
Clairissa Baker is the public safety watchdog reporter for the St. Cloud Times. Reach her at 320-255-8740 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @ClairissaBaker.
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