Because of another uptick in COVID spread and hospitalizations, the Minneapolis Health Department strongly recommends everyone – vaccinated or not – wear masks in indoor public settings and businesses. Examples include stores, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, schools, meetings, and state and local government offices serving the public.
Since mid-March, the seven-day new case rate in Minneapolis has increased by 340% from 51 COVID infections per 100,000 people to 227 per 100,000. That puts us in the high community transmission category. We’ve also seen a more than two-fold increase in our seven-day hospitalization rate since mid-March from 1.9 hospitalizations per 100,000 people to 4.8 hospitalizations, which is above the caution threshold.
Minneapolis has used science to guide its public health strategies throughout the pandemic. Data show that because of these strategies, we have saved lives. This is thanks in large part to Minneapolis residents, employees and visitors – supported by businesses – getting vaccinated, getting boosted, keeping a physical distance, and wearing masks indoors.
The Health Department recommends layering protection proven to lower risks for COVID-19 and severe illness or hospitalization:
- If you haven’t gotten your first vaccine or booster yet, do so as soon as possible. The CDC now recommends boosters for all adults over 18.
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- Wear well-fitting masks in indoor public settings and crowded outdoor settings.
- Get tested if you have symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, have traveled or have been in a setting where you may have been exposed.
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Stay away from crowds.
- Improve ventilation in your home and workplace.
- Take extra care to avoid the virus if you have a medical condition or live with someone who has a medical condition.