Here is the latest data on Minnesota’s battle against COVID-19, the delta and omicron variants, and efforts to increase vaccinations and testing across the state.

ST PAUL, Minnesota –

  • Oakdale’s new vaccination site to open on Sunday
  • MDH reports 62 new deaths and 6,936 new cases
  • New Anoka COVID Test site to open on Friday
  • St. Paul and Minneapolis announce mask mandates for businesses
  • FDA approves Pfizer boosters for children 12-15
  • MDH said 90% of cases can be attributed to omicron

Governor Tim Walz announced on Friday that a new community COVID-19 vaccination site is opening in Oakdale.

The Inwood Oaks site will be open Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays starting January 9.

Staff will offer first and second doses to Minnesotans 5 years of age and older, and booster doses to Minnesotans 12 years and older.

The large-scale site will be able to administer up to 1,000 doses per day, the statement said.

“Today, we continue to create new opportunities for Minnesotans to be vaccinated and to be vaccinated,” Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan said in the press release. “With this site, we meet the Minnesotans again where they are, and we encourage every family to come in and get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

The new Oakdale site joins the Mall of America and MSP Airport in large-scale vaccination sites across the state. The MSP Airport vaccination sites at Terminals 1 and 2 offer Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for adults 18 years of age and older. The Mall of America site offers the Pfizer vaccine for all ages 5 and up.

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As concerns about the rapidly spreading omicron variant grow, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on Thursday reported 62 new deaths from COVID and 6,936 new cases in the state.

This is an increase for cases and deaths from the previous day.

The new deaths reported include a person in their twenties in Ramsey County and another in their twenties in St. Louis County.

The cumulative total of deaths in Minnesota is 10,733 since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials say 5,193 deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities or assisted living facilities.

The cumulative total number of COVID cases in the state is now 1,056,236 since the start of the pandemic.

According to the latest data available from MDH, 1,469 people are being treated for COVID in state hospitals, including 1,197 in non-ICU beds and 272 in the ICU.

MDH reported that 8,802,024 total doses of the vaccine were administered in the state, with 3,767,666 people aged 5 years and older receiving at least one injection (72.3%). Of this number 3,533,681 people have completed their COVID series and are considered fully vaccinated (67.8%).

Among children aged 5 to 11, the most recent age group to receive the green light for COVID vaccines, 164,311 children received at least one injection (32%) and 124,429 completed their vaccination series ( 24%).

The state’s vaccine scorecard shows that of the total doses that were administered in Minnesota, 59.6% are Pfizer, 36.7% are Moderna, and 3.8% are Johnson & Johnson.