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Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the 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 645 new COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths

By: - May 20, 2020

More than 17,600 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 777 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Monday include 645 new cases and 29 deaths. More than 5,500 tests were completed between Monday and Tuesday. Approximately 167,338 Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19. Of the 17,670 people who have […]

Data: Women, Black Minnesotans, young people are getting worst of pandemic economy

By: - May 20, 2020

Women, Black people and young Minnesotans are suffering the worst of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis of recent state unemployment data.  These workers are likely to feel long-term psychological and financial effects from unemployment, raising concerns that the current crisis could worsen Minnesota’s existing economic disparities. More than 650,000 […]

Minnesota reports 705 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

By: - May 18, 2020

More than 16,300 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 731 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Monday include 704 new cases and nine deaths. More than 6,000 tests were completed between Saturday and Sunday. Approximately 156,606 Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19. Of the 16,372 people who have […]

Minnesota reports 808 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths

By: - May 15, 2020

More than 14,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 683 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Friday include 808 new cases and 20 deaths. More than 5,900 tests were completed between Wednesday and Thursday, the second-highest daily total since the state announced in late April a plan to […]

Minnesota will be recovering from COVID-19 for years

By: , , and - May 15, 2020

It seems like this has been going on forever. On March 6, I wrote the following in our newsletter, Daily Reformer:  With Super Tuesday over we turn our attention to the most important event happening in American politics: COVID-19. The reason I say that is because of its economic effects, which are already massive, and […]

Minnesota’s COVID-19 testing reaches new single-day high

By: - May 14, 2020

Minnesota’s COVID-19 testing reached a new daily high Wednesday, with 6,717 tests completed for a total of 128,752, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Testing hadn’t increased as much as officials hoped in recent weeks, since the state announced in late April a plan to test up to 20,000 Minnesotans daily through a joint […]

New COVID-19 modeling projects more deaths, earlier peak in Minnesota

By: - May 14, 2020

Minnesota researchers released new modeling Wednesday that projects a range of 16,000 to 44,000 COVID-19 deaths over 12 months of the pandemic. The updated model projects higher mortality and an earlier peak in Minnesota than initial figures, based on the state’s rising death total and updated data about the effectiveness of mitigation efforts. Researchers also […]

Minneapolis school board approves sweeping district restructure

By: - May 13, 2020

The Minneapolis School Board on Tuesday approved a controversial plan that leaders say will integrate schools, address achievement gaps and make programs more accessible to underserved students. The board voted 6-3 in favor of the Comprehensive District Design (CDD), which includes major changes to attendance boundaries and magnet programs that will likely take effect in […]

Amid allegations of favoritism to red states, Minnesota firms did well in scramble for federal money

By: - May 13, 2020

More than 46,000 Minnesota businesses received a total of $9 billion in loans during the first round of federal small business coronavirus relief, a larger sum than most states.  The Paycheck Protection Program loans have been critical in helping businesses in Minnesota and across the country avoid layoffs during the COVID-19 crisis.  But the program […]

Minnesota reports 695 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths

By: - May 12, 2020

More than 12,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 614 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Tuesday include 695 new cases and 23 deaths. More than 5,000 tests were completed between Sunday and Monday, the highest daily total since the state announced in late April a plan to […]

Minnesota reports 528 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths

By: - May 11, 2020

More than 11,700 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 591 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. That includes 528 new cases — the lowest daily total in the past week — and 13 deaths. The state reported 4,693 completed tests between Saturday and Sunday, bringing the total number of people tested […]

Community colleges and their students improvise to deal with pandemic

By: - May 11, 2020

Rory O’Brien had a plan. By fall 2020, the Minneapolis Community and Technical College student hoped to finish 880 internship hours needed for her addiction counseling program. Then she could work as a counselor while taking classes at a four-year school. O’Brien, 26, dropped out of high school at 16 and never imagined that she […]