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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 761 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths

By: - September 2, 2020

More than 77,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,830 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 761 new cases and seven deaths. Approximately 1,525,555 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 297 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 135 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota teachers’ union urges school districts to delay first day of school, stick to distance learning

By: - September 1, 2020

Education Minnesota, the union representing more than 80,000 teachers statewide, urged school districts at a press conference Tuesday to delay the first day of school and address potential safety and equity issues before resuming in-person classes. A week before most districts’ first day of school, teachers and union leadership cited concerns about unclear safety protocols, […]

Minnesota reports 679 new COVID-19 cases and one death

By: - August 31, 2020

More than 75,800 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,817 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Monday include 679 new cases and one death. Approximately 1,489,726 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 306 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 131 of them in intensive care units. […]

Students at for-profit colleges more likely to benefit from federal coronavirus aid

By: - August 31, 2020

Students at Minnesota’s for-profit colleges and universities were more likely to get a windfall from federal COVID-19 aid for students than those enrolled at the state’s public colleges and universities, according to an analysis of institutions’ spending reports. The formula used to determine how much funding colleges and universities got through the federal Coronavirus Aid, […]

Advocates rally outside Comcast for better service for low-income families

By: - August 26, 2020

Advocates rallied for better internet service for low-income families outside Comcast’s St. Paul headquarters Wednesday afternoon. Priced out of traditional internet packages, which can run to $100 per month, thousands of Twin Cities residents turned to hotspots and low-cost internet plans like Comcast’s Internet Essentials package to get online during the pandemic. The Internet Essentials […]

COVID-19 saliva testing lab set to open in Minnesota

By: - August 25, 2020

A new COVID-19 saliva testing lab is set to open in Minnesota by early October, increasing the state’s testing capacity and making tests more accessible, Gov. Tim Walz’s office announced Tuesday. The lab will be able to process up to 30,000 tests daily and create as many as 250 jobs in Oakdale, according to a […]

Minnesota’s childhood vaccination rates falling during the pandemic, putting kids at risk

By: - August 25, 2020

Fewer Minnesota children are receiving routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic — a worrying trend that experts say could lead to new outbreaks of dangerous diseases. And those outbreaks could in turn expose the most vulnerable kids to health problems, while straining the health care system as the pandemic drags into the winter flu season. […]

Anoka-Hennepin teachers plan to rally for a safe school reopening plan Monday

By: - August 24, 2020

Members of the Anoka-Hennepin teacher’s union plan to rally for a safe reopening plan outside district headquarters Monday night, while the school board holds a virtual meeting about the start of the school year.  Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota, the union representing more than 2,600 educators and staff, said the district hasn’t presented a “consistent message” about […]

Minnesota’s unemployment rate improves, but over 236,000 people still out of work

By: - August 20, 2020

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell to 7.7% in July, down from 8.6% in June, as workers still face sweeping job cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That means 236,832 Minnesotans were jobless in July, according to data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The new figures show that Minnesotans of color continue […]

Minnesota reports 567 new COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths

By: - August 19, 2020

More than 66,600 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,738 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 567 new cases and 17 deaths. Approximately 1,308,264 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 321 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 152 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 359 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

By: - August 18, 2020

More than 66,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,721 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 359 new cases and nine deaths. Approximately 1,273,397 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 304 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 154 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 567 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

By: - August 17, 2020

More than 65,700 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,712 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Monday include 567 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 1,266,561 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 286 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 155 of them in intensive care units. […]