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

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Minnesota reported 31,296 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on June 17. More than 3,600 patients have been hospitalized, and 27,404 have recovered and no longer need to be isolated, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. To date, 1,325 people have died, most of them residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

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 and unemployment insurance claims — 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.

The state announced on April 22 a plan to test up to 20,000 Minnesotans daily — a significant increase in testing capacity — through a joint effort with Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. Due to a nationwide shortage of testing kits, the Minnesota Department of Health had been testing only people deemed high-priority: health care workers, hospitalized patients and people living in long-term care facilities.

The state expanded its unemployment insurance program on March 16 to cover pandemic-related job losses. Since March 16, more than 771,800 Minnesotans have applied for benefits. That number represents more than 25% of Minnesota’s workforce.

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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.