This set focuses on the younger age groups, where there is an increase in reported hospitalizations, but based on statements by national “experts” like Dr. Fauci, and the stories from around the country, it is almost certainly largely due to incidental positive tests. The state of Minnesota has to come clean on this now. Dave’s notes:
1. All data is taken from the Minnesota Weekly Report, available here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/stats/index.html. The Minnesota Weekly Report lists cumulative totals for tests on Page 9, and for cases, hospitalizations, and deaths on Page 22. These cumulative totals are tabulated each week and differences are taken to plot the weekly changes. All data is on a date reported basis, rather than an actual date of event basis, including cases
2. Fig. 1: Reported testing was lower this week for the young age groups.
3. Fig. 2: Cases in the young age groups reached a new high in all age groups, far exceeding the late 2020 surge in cases.
4. Fig. 3: ICU hospital admissions in the young age groups increased to a total of 10, led by 5 admissions in the 0-4 age group and 4 in the 15-19 age group. Meanwhile the 10-14 age group had only 1 admission and none in the 5-9 age group. The 0 to 4 age group is almost certainly RSV-related.
5. Fig. 4: Non-ICU admissions were sharply higher, exceeding the late 2020 peak in admissions. A serious issue is the refusal of the Minnesota Department of Health to disclose how many of these admissions were incidental to Covid.
6. Fig. 5: Total ICU and Non-ICU admissions largely mirror the Non-ICU admissions curves, due to the larger numbers of Non-ICU admissions.
7. Fig. 6: Deaths in children reported by Minnesota are thankfully very low. We have very little information about underlying conditions involved with these individuals.