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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 745 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths

By: - July 30, 2020

More than 53,600 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,594 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 745 new cases and five deaths. Approximately 1,007,882 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, 298 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 141 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota schools can reopen if COVID-19 spread is under control, Walz says

By: - July 30, 2020

Minnesota school districts will be allowed to hold in-person school this fall if the spread of COVID-19 is under control in their communities and they can implement safety measures, Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday. The state’s reopening guidance allows districts some flexibility in their decisions to resume in-person lessons, remote teaching or a mix of […]

Minnesota reports 681 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

By: - July 29, 2020

More than 52,900 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,589 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 681 new cases and nine deaths. Approximately 993,091 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 310 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 143 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 650 new COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths

By: - July 27, 2020

More than 51,800 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,576 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Monday include 650 new cases and two deaths. Approximately 970,726 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 257 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 126 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 773 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths

By: - July 24, 2020

More than 49,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,566 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 773 new cases and five deaths. Approximately 922,876 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 278 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 108 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 763 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

By: - July 23, 2020

More than 48,700 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,561 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 763 new cases and nine deaths. Approximately 905,315 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, 282 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 107 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 3 COVID-19 deaths

By: - July 21, 2020

More than 47,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,548 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The department said that a data management system issue affected COVID-19 case counts for Monday and Tuesday. More than 900 new cases were reported Monday — which would have been the state’s highest daily total […]

What are the pros and cons of reopening schools this fall?

By: - July 21, 2020

As Minnesota parents await a decision from Gov. Tim Walz about the start of the fall 2020 school year, the debate over reopening schools in the United States is becoming more fraught with each passing day. The U.S. reported more than 76,500 new cases last Thursday, breaking its daily record for the 11th time this […]

Minnesota reports first COVID-19 child death and 922 new cases

By: - July 20, 2020

Minnesota reported 922 new COVID-19 cases Monday — a record-high daily total — and the state’s first death of a child due to the coronavirus. The child was under 5 years old and lived in Clay County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. No other details were released. Previously, the youngest Minnesotan to die of COVID-19 […]

Minnesota reports 669 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths

By: - July 17, 2020

More than 45,00 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,533 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 669 new cases and seven deaths. Approximately 819,511 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 252 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 110 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 611 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths

By: - July 16, 2020

More than 44,300 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,526 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 611 new cases and eight deaths. Approximately 805,212 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 249 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 103 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 578 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths

By: - July 15, 2020

More than 43,700 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,518 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 578 new cases and eight deaths. Approximately 790,497 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 254 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 106 of them in intensive care units. […]