COVID-19 updates for Tuesday, Aug. 24

The FDA’s full approval was granted to the Pfizer vaccine, as Minnesota’s vaccine incentive program ends.

With the full approval, schools and workplaces may be able to require vaccines.

Gov. Walz’s $100 Visa Gift Card for anyone who received a shot from July 30 through Aug. 22 resulted in 80,000 Minnesotans getting at least their first dose.

The University of Minnesota will require COVID vaccines for students following the FDA approval Monday.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 3,838 new COVID-19 cases and eight new deaths today.

Forty-three of those cases were Beltrami County residents, 21 were in Cass County, and seven new cases were reported in Clearwater and Hubbard counties.

One of today’s reported deaths was a Beltrami County resident in their early 50s.

Beltrami County Public Health Director Megan Heuer reports there are currently 140 active COVID-19 cases, with eight hospitalizations. Six of those hospitalized are Beltrami residents.

All of today’s reported deaths were people who lived in their own homes. One of the deaths was reported took place in July, the rest were in August.

Less than one percent of fully vaccinated Minnesotans have contracted a COVID-19 infection.

According to MDH’s weekly breakthrough COVID case report, 9,664 Minnesotans who were fully vaccinated contracted a COVID infection.

Compared to the fully vaccinated Minnesota population of around 3 million, that represents around 0.3 percent.

There have been 69 COVID deaths among the fully vaccinated, representing 0.002 percent of the vaccinated population, and 682 hospital admissions for COVID, representing 0.02 percent.

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