(FOX 9) - The Minnesota Department of Health reported 2,543 new COVID-19 cases and 54 additional deaths Saturday.
Since the start of the pandemic, Minnesota has reported 417,832 positive tests and 5,377 deaths. The state has reported 21,984 COVID-19 hospitalizations since March.
Long-term care and assisted-living residents represented 33 of the 54 new deaths reported. Long-term care and assisted living has accounted for nearly two-thirds of Minnesota’s COVID deaths.
This month, Minnesota received its first shipments of both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and began administered the first of two doses to front-line workers and long-term care residents. More than 44,000 vaccines have been administered in Minnesota as of Dec. 31, according to MDH data.
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Minnesota health officials say members of the general public can expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine sometime in this spring or early summer.
MDH is still working out the details of how they will notify people when vaccines are being administered to the general public. Health Commissioner says people will likely get alerts from their employers or local health care clinics.
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