ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – State officials say the weekly number of new COVID-19 deaths as a percentage of Minnesota’s population is dropping.

“We think this has been influenced in part by the progress that we’ve reported on in control of the outbreaks in some of the congregate care settings,” said State Health Commissioner Jan Malcom on Monday.

Malcolm adds that cases are also skewing younger, meaning a higher proportion of those hospitalized do *not* need I-C-U care.

But officials caution that young people can spread COVID to those who won’t do as well fighting the disease.