Minnesota reports 2,454 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths Saturday

Minnesota health officials reported 2,454 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 more deaths on Saturday as experts worry the state is headed into another surge of cases.

Minnesota has now seen a total of 540,277 COVID-19 cases and 6,944 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the latest state health department data. 

Of the new deaths, 10 were in private residences while two were from long-term care facilities. 11 of the cases were patients between the ages of 60 and 94 while one of the deaths was a person in their early 30s.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 are steadily increasing, now at the highest they have been since mid-January.

Despite the increasing cases, and concerns over another wave of COVID-19, Governor Tim Walz has said he doesn't have any plans for another set of COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, he and other governors are pushing for the Biden administration to prioritize states that are facing a new increase in cases for COVID-19 doses.

Meanwhile, 1,944,412 Minnesotans have at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 1,333,998 have completed the vaccine series, which is roughly 45 percent and 30 percent of the state’s population above age 16 respectively 

Over 84% of Minnesota seniors have at least a first dose of the vaccine. 

Minnesota has surpassed three million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, just three weeks after hitting the two million doses mark.