Minnesota COVID+ cases exceed 1K for the first time

The state of MN has surpassed the 1K mark for docuemented positive COVID-19 cases. The state still lags behind its neighbor to the east, WI, which has steadily and arithemtically increased upon its once-constitent doubling rate as compared to MN.

The latest state figures were provided Tuesday morning by the Minnesota Department of Health, and include four newly reported deaths and 83 cases — the highest number of confirmed cases reported by the state on any single day so far in this pandemic.

Minnesota now has outbreaks of at least one confirmed COVID-19 case among workers or residents in more than 35 long-term care facilities. Not yet listed in the official state count is a COVID-19 case in the Minnesota State Veterans Home in Minneapolis. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed the case, but wouldn’t specify if it involved a worker or resident.

Minnesota is in its second week of a stay-at-home order by Gov. Tim Walz that was designed to reduce transmission of the virus by up to 80% and buy time for hospitals to add supplies and prepare for a wave of illnesses. The order ends Friday, but Walz has indicated that he may extend it. The governor is considering more exemptions to the order, though, for businesses and workers who don’t have much face-to-face interaction and are unlikely to spread the virus.

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