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Rilyn Eischens

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.

With 19 more deaths, Minnesota COVID-19 toll reaches new daily high

By: - April 22, 2020

Minnesota reported 19 deaths from COVID-19 between April 20 and 21 — the highest number of deaths in a 24-hour period during the pandemic. Across the state, 179 people have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus since the state confirmed its first case on March 6, according to the Minnesota Department of […]

With 17 more deaths, Minnesota’s COVID-19 death toll reaches 160

By: - April 21, 2020

Minnesota reported 17 deaths from COVID-19 between April 19 and 20 — tying the state’s highest number of deaths in a 24-hour period during the pandemic. Across the state, 160 people have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus since the state confirmed its first case on March 6, according to the Minnesota […]

JBS pork processing plant in Worthington

Nobles County has Minnesota’s highest COVID-19 case rate amid pork plant outbreak

By: - April 20, 2020

Nobles County, home to a JBS pork plant with an outbreak of COVID-19 among workers, has the highest number of cases per capita in Minnesota, with 34.5 cases per 10,000 residents. The county has a population of just over 22,000 and 76 confirmed cases as of April 20, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. […]

111 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19

By: - April 17, 2020

Minnesota reported 17 deaths from COVID-19 between April 15 and 16 — the highest number in a 24-hour period during the pandemic. Across the state, 111 people have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus since the state confirmed its first case March 6, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The number […]

More than 1,000 Minnesotans have recovered from COVID-19

By: - April 16, 2020

Just over half the Minnesotans who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered — a total of 1,020 residents, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. As of April 15, Minnesota had 1,912 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 41,000 people had been tested. Because of limited testing, more people have had COVID-19 than are […]

MSP airport set to receive $125 million in federal coronavirus aid package

By: - April 15, 2020

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport will receive more than $125 million in federal funding under the recent COVID-19 aid package, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes $10 billion in funding for airports affected by pandemic. Across the United States, 3,235 airports are set to receive money […]

‘I can only do so much’: Families of kids with disabilities struggle with distance learning

By: - April 15, 2020

By the seventh day of distance learning, Simone Lott could have used a day of rest. When Minnesota schools closed in mid-March, Lott found herself teaching her four children, including 7-year-old son Samael, who has cerebral palsy. That was on top of her usual responsibilities running a household as a single parent and her full-time […]

Minnesota COVID-19 deaths total 79

By: - April 14, 2020

Seventy-nine Minnesotans have died of COVID-19 as of 4 p.m. April 13, according to the Minnesota Department of Health — twice the total number of deaths reported one week earlier. Since the state confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 6, 1,695 people have tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. […]

Air travel plummets as Americans avoid airports during COVID-19 pandemic

By: - April 13, 2020

Airports across the United States are nearly deserted as Americans avoid travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Just 90,510 people passed through airport security checkpoints on April 12, compared to more than 2.4 million on the same Sunday last year, according to Transportation Security Administration data.  The number of people flying from U.S. airports each day […]

Fifty Minnesotans have died of COVID-19

By: - April 9, 2020

Just over a month after Minnesota reported its first case of COVID-19, 1,242 residents have tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the state announced April 9. Fifty people have died of COVID-19 in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed 11 deaths between April 8 and April 9, the state’s largest […]

Minnesota-based Sleep Number will furlough employees

By: - April 8, 2020

Nearly 40% of employees at Minneapolis-based company Sleep Number will be furloughed, according to an internal email obtained by Minnesota Reformer. Another 30% of employees are working reduced hours. The furloughs are a result of the “financial and operational impact” of the COVID-19 pandemic, the email says. It doesn’t specify how long furloughs will last, […]

Minnesota’s confirmed COVID-19 cases top 1,000

By: - April 7, 2020

About a month after Minnesota reported its first case of COVID-19, 1,069 residents had tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the state announced April 7. Thirty-four people have died. Of those cases, more than 500 people have recovered and no longer need to be isolated, according to the Minnesota Department of […]