State health officials are keeping their fingers crossed as key indicators of the COVID pandemic continue trending in a positive direction.  Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health says they’re also waiting to see what happens, four weeks after Memorial Day weekend and a month after Minneapolis and Saint Paul dropped their mask mandates:

“Our hope is that, with the increasing vaccination coverage that we’re seeing, that…that should help to moderate any potential blips.”

The Twin Cities metro has passed the 70-percent mark for those 16 and over who have had at least one dose of the COVID vaccine — but the Greater Minnesota average is still under 60 percent.  Officials said Wednesday the seven-day average for COVID test positivity is 3.4 percent  — below the five-percent “caution” threshold.