A recent increase in COVID-19 cases has officials in Minneapolis recommends that the public go back to wearing facemasks for public indoor gatherings despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention low risk statements.
Counties of Wabasha and Olmstead have been moved into the “high range” category which prompts a federal indoor mask-wearing recommendation. Counties surrounding Wabasha and Olmstead have been labeled as a “moderate risk” and health officials are claiming the rise in cases is due to the new Omicron variant. Health officials have put Hennepin County as a “low risk” category.
With the increase in COVID-19 infections has seen more people hospitalized, doctors have been thankful that many of the new cases have had mild symptoms with very few having to go into intensive care units.
Since mid-March, COVID cases have increased from 51 cases per 100,000 people to 227 per 100,000 people.
The Minneapolis Health Department strongly recommends everyone both vaccinated and non-vaccinated to wear masks in indoor public settings and businesses.
For more information on COVID-19, people are encouraged to visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.