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State officials link COVID outbreak to Anoka County funeral

A person in their 20s also died in Itasca County

Despite significant gains against the coronavirus — thanks in large part to the ongoing vaccination effort — COVID-19 outbreaks continue in Minnesota.

State health officials have confirmed that one such outbreak occurred at a funeral in June, leaving about half a dozen people infected — two of whom were vaccinated against the disease.

In an email to Bring Me The News, a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) spokesperson said the funeral took place at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport, also known as Jane's Field. 

The department says it's aware of five cases from the outbreak, and that "there were at least 2 vaccine breakthrough cases in this outbreak," which refers to infections in those vaccinated against COVID-19. 

It's not yet clear if the Delta variant (or other variants) of the virus were involved in the outbreak, MDH added.

Additionally, there's no information on the severity of the cases — or whether any of the patients required hospitalization.

Meanwhile, the state recorded another death of a person in their 20s this week. According to the daily update from MDH, the victim was an Itasca County resident between the ages of 20-24. 

Per the Star Tribune, the patient had underlying health problems which contributed to their death, which is the 14th of someone in the 20 to 29 age range. The victim's identity has not been disclosed. 

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The state's latest COVID-19 update on Friday confirmed 249 new cases and three new deaths across Minnesota. 

The state's death toll is 7,635 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 58.8% (4,489) were residents of long-term care.

As of July 13, 3,102,958 people had received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 2,953,217 people have completed their vaccine series.

53.1% of Minnesota's total population has completed the vaccine series. MDH has a public dashboard to track vaccine progress in Minnesota, and you can view it here.

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