11 Minnesota schools have reported at least 5 COVID-19 cases

    The coronavirus.

    More than 700 Minnesota preK-12 schools have reported COVID-19 cases since August, with at least 1,300 students and staff infected, according to an update from the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday.

    The state only names schools that report at least five confirmed cases within a two-week period, the benchmark that shows transmission is likely happening inside a school and not solely in the broader community, according to MDH.

    So far, 11 schools in nine counties have reached that threshold, representing a small fraction of the state’s 2,000-some schools. The schools are Moorhead’s Horizon Middle, Brainerd Senior High, Albert Lea Senior High, Isanti Middle, Grand Rapids Senior High, Willmar’s Roosevelt Elementary, Fairmont Junior/Senior High, Northrop’s Martin Luther High, Fairmont’s St. Paul Lutheran, Hinckley Elementary and Cold Spring’s Rocori Senior High.

    Statewide, more than 107,900 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 2,107 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 1,276 new cases and eight deaths.

    Approximately 2,224,194 tests have been completed. Of the 107,922 people who have tested positive, 97,254 no longer need to be isolated.

    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.