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Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a former data reporter for the Minnesota Reformer. Rilyn was born and raised in Minnesota 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.

Minnesota reports 6,353 new COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths

By: - November 23, 2020

Minnesota reported 6,353 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 24 deaths Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. A total of 276,500 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, and 3,265 have died. The state’s positivity rate has been hovering near 15%, triple the rate that health experts say indicates controlled spread of COVID-19. Minnesota […]

Your questions about Minnesota’s new COVID-19 restrictions, answered

By: - November 19, 2020

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Wednesday evening new restrictions for the next four weeks aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know about the new executive order. What’s closed?  Restaurants, bars, hookah bars and breweries must close indoor and patio dining. They can still offer takeout, delivery or walk-up […]

Minnesota reports a record-breaking 67 deaths from COVID-19

By: - November 18, 2020

Minnesota reported 5,102 new COVID-19 cases and a record-high 67 deaths Wednesday. November has been a grim month for Minnesota, as cases, hospitalizations and deaths climb. The state’s death toll has topped 3,000, and more than 242,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19. The state’s positivity rate has surpassed 15% — triple the rate that […]

What Minnesota’s flu vaccine rates can tell us about a COVID-19 vaccine rollout

By: - November 18, 2020

A COVID-19 vaccine may be available in a matter of months — but convincing enough Minnesotans to get the shot might not be easy. Roughly one-third of Americans said they would not get a COVID-19 vaccine if it were available this month, the majority citing concerns about side effects or that the vaccines were moving too […]

‘If we don’t act now, God help us’: Minnesotans urged to stay home amid COVID-19 spike

By: - November 17, 2020

As Minnesota sees an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases, Minnesotans who have been affected by the coronavirus — including a former Republican lawmaker — joined Gov. Tim Walz Tuesday to urge people to stay vigilant against COVID-19 through the holidays. COVID-19 hospitalizations reached another record high in Minnesota Tuesday, and the state’s positivity rate is nearly […]

Minnesota reports 7,444 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths

By: - November 16, 2020

Minnesota reported 7,444 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths Monday. The new figures come amid a bleak month for Minnesota as cases, hospitalizations and deaths surge. More than 231,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 since March, and 2,917 have died. Health officials have said the coronavirus’ spread is driven by informal social […]

Minnesota reports 5,552 new COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths

By: - November 13, 2020

Minnesota reported 5,552 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 46 deaths Friday. The new figures come amid a bleak month for Minnesota as cases, hospitalizations and deaths surge. Minnesota’s positivity rate has reached nearly 15% — triple the rate indicating controlled spread of COVID-19 — and the state reported record-high daily case totals for multiple […]

Minnesota’s craft brewery industry, once booming, suddenly in peril: five charts

By: - November 13, 2020

Restrictions on bars and restaurants to try to reduce COVID-19 infections imposed this week by Gov. Tim Walz dealt another blow to Minnesota’s once high-flying brewery industry.  Minnesotans looking for a pint have their pick of options from nearly 200 craft breweries across the state, thanks to a law passed in 2011 that allowed breweries […]

Minnesota breaks another COVID-19 record with 7,228 new confirmed cases

By: - November 12, 2020

Minnesota reported 7,228 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, another record-high daily total that far surpasses the previous record of 5,908 cases set just days ago. The new figures come amid a bleak month for Minnesota as cases, hospitalizations and deaths surge. Minnesota’s positivity rate has reached nearly 15% — triple the rate indicating controlled spread […]

Minnesota reports 56 new COVID-19 deaths, a new single-day record

By: - November 11, 2020

Minnesota reported 4,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 56 deaths Wednesday, a record-high number of deaths that far surpasses the previous record of 36. The new figures come amid a bleak month for Minnesota. The state’s positivity rate has surpassed 10% — double the rate indicating controlled spread of COVID-19 — and the state reported […]

Gov. Walz announces new COVID-19 restrictions as surge strains hospitals

By: and - November 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday announced tighter restrictions on bars, restaurants and social gatherings as Minnesota continues what could be its bleakest month of the pandemic so far. Starting Friday night, bars and restaurants will have to end in-person service from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and can have no more than 150 people in […]

Minnesota reports 4,906 new COVID-19 cases and record-high hospitalizations

By: - November 10, 2020

Minnesota reported 4,906 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 262 hospitalizations Tuesday, a record-high number of new coronavirus patients admitted in a single day. The new figures come amid a bleak month for Minnesota. The state’s positivity rate has surpassed 10% — double the rate indicating controlled spread of COVID-19 — and the state reported record-high […]