Daily COVID-19 tracker: Confirmed cases, testing, layoffs, executive orders

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Minnesota has identified 789 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the state’s first case was reported March 6. More than 150 patients have been hospitalized, and 410 have recovered and no longer need to be isolated, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Twenty-two people have died.

Because of limited testing, the number of confirmed cases does not reflect the number of people who have or may have had COVID-19 in Minnesota.

This page will be updated daily with data related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota — confirmed cases, tests, unemployment insurance claims and executive orders — and the United States.

The number of completed tests spiked March 25, the first day the state health department reported both the number of tests completed by its own lab, as well as tests completed by external labs.

Due to a nationwide shortage of testing kits, the Minnesota Department of Health is testing only people deemed high-priority: health care workers, hospitalized patients and people living in long-term care facilities.

Of the 789 cases in Minnesota, 242 are in Hennepin County.

The state expanded its unemployment insurance program on March 16 to cover pandemic-related job losses. Between March 16 and March 31, more than 255,000 Minnesotans applied for benefits. That number represents nearly 9% of Minnesota’s workforce.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a stay at home order on March 25. The order, effective March 27 to April 10, requires Minnesotans to stay indoors, except for certain exempt activities and for workers in critical industries. Previously Walz had ordered all schools and restaurants to close, expanded unemployment insurance for affected workers and suspended evictions.

National coronavirus case and test numbers

Roughly 40% of the United States’ known COVID-19 cases are in New York. The state reported more than 92,300 confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. April 2, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

The number of confirmed cases nationwide increased by more than 28,200 from April 1 to April 2.

Rilyn Eischens
Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the Reformer. Rilyn is a Minnesota native and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.