Minnesota reports breakthrough events on Monday. They don’t give date of events. The just report the cumulative number, which you have to subtract the prior week’s reported numbers from to get the week’s new reported event numbers. The state is just trying to hinder analysis. This week’s report is bizarre. The updated chart that Dave Dixon puts together will be up soon in another post, but it takes a while to get those embedded, so want to give the news quickly on these events.
Breakthrough cases grew 17% from the week earlier, while non-breakthrough cases actually declined about 2%. So all the growth in cases this week on a reported basis was in breakthrus. The really astounding numbers were in hospitalizations, where 784 new breakthrough ones were reported, compared to only 244 the week before, so truly enormous growth. And only 790 new non-breakthru hospitalizations were reported, so on a reported basis, 50% of new hospitalizations were among breakthrus. Now the breakthroughs get spread over longer periods of time than do the non-breakthroughs, but it is still huge growth. The state does itself no favors by not revealing both the dates of breakthroughs and the age structure of them. It undermines the credibility of its information and it makes people more suspicious of messaging.
And then we get to deaths, where zero new breakthru deaths were reported. That simply can’t be right. I suspect someone is frantically trying to crosswalk events and vaccinations. The state has problems getting a complete and accurate list of who is vaccinated. Then they have to check cases, hospitalizations and deaths against those lists. And that person or persons doing this work just didn’t get around to deaths this week. Because there definitely are a lot of deaths in older vaxed persons.
Stay tuned next Monday for another scintillating episode of as the breakthrough event reporting turns.