Today is another good news day for MN’s #COVID19 stats. Most strikingly, more than 22,000 newly reported vaccinations, against fewer than *1,000* last Wednesday.

Minnesota’s weekly average vaccination pace is up to nearly 20,000 per day, nearly double where it was 6 days ago. Image
Now, 20,000 doses per day is not nearly enough. At this rate it’d take a full calendary year, until January 2022, to vaccinate 80% of MN adults. BUT Minnesota is finally moving in the right direction on this metric. Image
Meanwhile, all the metrics tracking the pandemic’s progress in Minnesota are also headed in the right direction. For example, there were 18 newly reported #COVID19 deaths today, vs. 34 last Wednesday and 50 the week before that. Average is down to 21 deaths/day and falling. Image
Newly reported #COVID19 cases also dropped a little bit. This number has looked like it might be flattening out — and that still might be true — but a drop is good. Now down to just over 1,100 cases per day on average. Image
The average positivity rate is down to 3.7%. Over the past week, tests have been growing twice as quickly as cases. ImageImage
Minnesota now has 9,453 active, confirmed #COVID19 cases, finally falling below the 10,000 mark for the first time since Oct. 15. (This actually happened yesterday.) Image
Non-ICU #COVID19 hospitalizations continue to decline. (ICU admissions still look like they’ve bottomed out for now.) Image
Now, the fact that metrics *have been* improving is no guarantee that they will *continue* to do so. Another wave is possible, though less likely as more and more of the population acquires resistance through infection or vaccination.
At the peak of Minnesota’s #COVID19 outbreak (so far), more than 35% of the state’s deaths were being caused by respiratory illness, up from 5-10% in normal years.

That’s now receded back down to about 15%, though that’s still elevated. Image

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26 Jan
The biggest news out of today’s #COVID19 data is a rise in administered vaccine doses of more than 17,000.

Last Tuesday had fewer than 6,000 newly reported doses.

Minnesota is in the midst of its first sustained and significant rise in COVID vaccination pace to date.
Lots of vaccine providers are still not meeting the state’s 90% threshold, but remember this is a 7-day average — if a provider turned things around today, it could take a while for this stat to catch up.

I’ll track this as a time series once we have more days of data.
Newly reported #COVID19 deaths are essentially flat week-over-week, but that’s not a big deal — Tuesday data is always weird, and hard to draw solid conclusions from. The long-term trend is still continued improvement.
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25 Jan
Just 3 newly reported #COVID19 deaths in Minnesota today. It’s only the 26th time since MN’s first COVID death that 3 or fewer deaths were reported, though 14 of those times were on Mondays, which typically have low reporting levels.

The 7-day average is down to 23 deaths/day. Image
Minnesota’s #COVID19 deaths are down both in and out of long-term care facilities, but we’re not YET seeing a disproportionate plunge in LTC deaths as a result of vaccinations. ImageImage
Newly reported cases continue to decline, but at a slowing rate. The 7-day average is now just over 1,200 new cases per day. It’s possible MN’s case volume is bottoming out. Image
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22 Jan
Minnesota reported 21 #COVID19 deaths today. That’s the lowest figure on a Friday since the 18 reported on Oct. 30. Just two Fridays ago, Minnesota reported 48 #COVID19 deaths.
Cases and positivity rate have also been trending down:
It looks like #COVID19 ICU admissions in Minnesota might have bottomed out at around 10 per day. That’s about where Minnesota was at for about 4 months earlier this year, from early June through late September.
Read 7 tweets
21 Jan
As of today, Minnesota has reported more than 6,000 #COVID19 deaths.
Tomorrow, January will probably pass May as Minnesota's third-deadliest month of the pandemic so far. But we’ve fallen behind the pace of deaths in November (when deaths were rising, not falling as they are now):
Minnesota has averaged about 28 #COVID19 deaths per day over the past week. That compares to an average of 35 deaths/day last Thursday.

For context, on Nov. 1, MN was averaging 18 COVID deaths/day. On Oct. 1, 9/day.
Read 11 tweets
20 Jan
Alright, America has a new president, but #COVID19 stats keep on coming, and so do the graphs.
Minnesota reported 34 additional #COVID19 deaths today. That’s down from 50 last Wednesday (but possibly is nudged down by the holiday Monday). The 7-day average is down to 29 deaths per day — the first time Minnesota has averaged fewer than 30 COVID deaths per day since Nov. 10. Image
An extra 1,237 newly reported cases is down from 1,504 last Wednesday. The 7-day average is down to 1,324 cases per day, the lowest since Oct. 15. Image
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20 Jan
A majority of you quickly settled on one of two names: Johnson and Clinton. Those are the two front-runners… but JOHNSON is the winner here. There have been 5 people named Johnson to receive Electoral College votes.

Explanation in the replies.
Remember, VPs get Electoral Votes, too.

- Richard Mentor Johnson, VP candidate in 1836 & 1840 (the 2nd was an odd one)
- Herschel Vespasian Johnson, Stephen Douglas’s 1860 running mate.
- Andrew Johnson, 1864
- Hiram Johnson, TR’s 1912 “Bull Moose” running mate
- Lyndon Johnson
There have to date been FOUR Clintons to receive electoral votes:

- George Clinton (got VP electoral votes in 1788, 1792, 1796, 1804, & 1808, & pres votes too in 1808)
- His nephew DeWitt Clinton, the federalist nominee in 1812
- Bill Clinton
- Hillary Clinton
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