For a while, Bring Me The News was regularly checking in on county-by-county vaccination rates. We last did one one June 24, and at the time, 10 counties had hit the target threshold of a 70% adult vaccination rate (meaning the percentage of individuals age 16 and up with at least one shot).
Since that time, no new counties have reached that mark — and a couple actually dropped back below it.
According to the state's COVID vaccine dashboard as of Aug. 6, there are now eight Minnesota counties with a 70% adult vaccination rate. They are, in descending order:
- Olmsted — 82,,3%
- Cook — 81.5%
- Hennepin — 78%
- Washington — 78.1%
- Ramsey — 74%
- Scott — 74%
- Dakota — 77.2%
- Carver — 77.2%
Lake is a hair's width away at 69.8%.
Two counties that had previously crossed 70% in late June have since dropped down below that line: Carlton is at 68.3%, and Houston is at 67.7%. Both were above 70% on June 24.
How did they go backwards?
A spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said it has to do with double-checking residency information. A few weeks ago the department did some data clean-up and geocoding updates, looking at instances where a vaccine recipient was assigned to the wrong county.
This could have been because of incorrect information from a vaccine provider, the spokesperson said, or an instance where a person's home ZIP code crosses county lines.
This clean-up resulted in some counties' vaccination rates being adjusted.
It did not, however, impact statewide vaccination figures, since the overall number did not change — only the county of residence for some vaccine recipients.
The statewide 16+ vaccination rate is 69.4%, with 3,060,725 people reported to have at least one dose, and 2,906,890 having completed the series (65.9%).