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Breakthrough Events, December 8

By December 11, 2022Commentary

Dave’s notes:

  1. This post is an update to the Covid vaccination breakthrough data table for the overall Minnesota population published on 12/02/2022 here: This week’s update adds data through the week ending 11/13/2022, published by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on 12/08/2022.  As usual, there were also relatively minor revisions to past data as MDH rescans the vaccination data bases every week.
  2. The breakthrough data files are available from MDH here, , in the notes under the graphic images.
  3. Fig. 1: This table displays the total cases, hospital admissions, and deaths that occurred each week among the unvaccinated, vaccinated but not boosted, and vaccinated and boosted populations. Data for the week of 11/13/2022 has been added this week, and there have been very minor updated data throughout the table. Unvaccinated and boosted cases had very small increases the week of 11/13/2022, but not large enough to break the general declining trend. Unvaccinated admissions, at 35 for the week, were the highest since the week of 8/28/2022. Similarly, boosted hospital admissions were 292 for the week, the highest since the week of 1/16/2022.
  4. Fig. 2 through 4: Charts displaying the cases, hospital admissions, and deaths over time, using the same data in Fig. 1.
  5. MDH defines the fully vaccinated (what we have termed vaccinated but not boosted) as those who have not received a booster after completing their primary vaccination series, and had been vaccinated at least 14 days prior to testing positive.
  6. MDH defines the boosted as those who have received any additional vaccination shots after completing their primary vaccination series, and also received the booster at least 14 days prior to testing positive. In addition, booster doses were only counted after 8/13/2021, the date the CDC first began recommending booster shots.

Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Rob says:

    When did the government bonus reimbursement to hospitals for COVID cases expire?

    • Kevin Roche says:

      I believe it ended at the start of this year, but I could be wrong on that, I haven’t checked recently

  • Bill in Seminole says:

    Kevin – is there data to support the assertion that vaccination/boosting lessens the severity of COVID-related symptoms? Seems to me that is key statistic to look at for those considering vaccination.

    • Kevin Roche says:

      Yes, the research is fairly clear that at least for a few months and for some people longer, vaccination lessens the risk of severe disease

  • Mark Luhman says:

    I listen to a doctor (in a podcast) who coproduce a vaccine (don’t remember what it was) warn that if they stayed on the boost path, those who got boosted would teach their bodies to ignore COVID. Looks to me he was right!

  • James Zuck says:

    On the bonus for Covid-19 hospital cases. The following is what I copied off the government web site ( in early 2020, linked to the Cares Act. I believe the Cares act was the first act passed concerning Covid.
    “$10 Billion to 395 High-Impact Hospitals
    • Payment Allocation per Hospital = Number of COVID-19 Admissions* x $76,975
    *Hospitals must have 100 or more COVID-19 admissions”.
    I did copy the link to the above information but wished I had taken a screen shot because later in 2020 when I went back to the link that wording was no longer in place.
    I imagine the bonus criteria changed during the course of the pandemic.

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