The Minnesota Department of Health announced on Wednesday that the state's case positivity rate has crept up to 7%. This marks the highest case positivity rate in the state since last spring.
Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm spoke at the department's briefing, sharing that hospitalizations are the highest they have been so far this year.
"It is getting harder for some hospitals to find open, staffed beds at the right level of care for critically ill patients, whether due to heart attack, stroke, or covid," Malcolm said. "This is an issue statewide impacting both small rural facilities and larger metro systems."
Malcolm shared that 25% of the state's COVID cases were among the vaccinated, considered breakthrough cases, primarily among older residents who got their vaccines early. Some medical experts think this may be due to the waning immunity from the shot.
Federal health officials have been discussing the possibility of issuing booster shots for all Americans, not just those with high risk, later this week.
The state health department has also released a new app called "Docket" that will allow residents to access their immunization records.
"The app provides a pdf document of the person's immunizations records that can be saved to the mobile device, printed, emailed, or texted as needed," Malcolm said. "Docket helps meet the public demand for more accessible immunization records."
The app will also allow for users to check which vaccines are due and what ones they may need in the future, Malcolm said. The app is free and available in both the Apple and Android app stores.