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Minnesota officials concerned with rising hospitalizations

Hospitalizations in Minnesota have climbed back above 300. Hospitalizations in Minnesota have climbed back above 300. |  Photo: WDIO File

MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America
Created: July 29, 2020 03:31 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota health officials said Wednesday that rising hospitalizations due to the coronavirus are a concern, just a day before Gov. Tim Walz was to announce guidance for schools reopening in the fall.

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Hospitalizations statewide have climbed back above 300, including 143 in intensive care, for the first time since late last month.

Infectious diseases director Kris Ehresmann said hospitalizations are a lagging indicator. That means they're expected to rise following an increase in cases in recent weeks.

Walz visited a suburban Minneapolis packaging facility Wednesday to publicize the state’s effort to distribute 4 million masks to make it easier for businesses and state residents to comply with a recently issued order that masks be worn in public spaces.
 

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