Minnesota reported more than 1,500 newly confirmed coronavirus infections on Saturday, a record high for new cases that comes amid worries about the sharp rise in COVID-19 counts in neighboring states.
The tally, off one of the highest single-day test totals in Minnesota, reflects significant virus transmission across the state at a time other pandemic indicators are signaling trouble, health officials said.
State data released last week showed that the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has been increasing. The average age of those infected is starting to rise as well, and more cases are being found in long-term care workers.
“I think a lot of people are worried that the Upper Midwest is becoming a real hot spot,” said Dr. Timothy Schacker, the vice dean for research at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
“In Minnesota, the hospitalization rate appears to be climbing. So, people are worried we’re making