Minnesota reports 13 more COVID-19 deaths, 826 new cases

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Thirteen more people have died from complications from COVID-19 in Minnesota, bringing the death toll from the virus in the state to 6,475, the state Department of Health reported on Saturday.

The state has also reported 826 new cases of COVID-19, bringing that total to 483,790 since the start of the pandemic.

The most current vaccine data Wednesday shows that 804,716 Minnesotans received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 405,992 people completed the full two-dose series.

Advocates for certain vulnerable populations on Friday raised concerns that people with certain chronic diseases were not a priority to receive the vaccine in the state’s immunization rollout plan that was announced Thursday. Advocates have noted that some people with conditions that could put them at higher risk for complications – such as intellectual and physical disabilities, schizophrenia or type 1 diabetes – will not be given priority.

“I was thrilled but surprised that the disability community in general was being left behind,” Sarah Curfman, executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota, told the Star Tribune.

The newspaper reported that disability advocates met with officials from the health department and the governor’s office on Friday, but no agreement was reached.

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