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463 new COVID-19 cases reported in Minnesota as testing picks up

By: - April 29, 2020 12:44 pm

The coronavirus.

Minnesota reported 463 new COVID-19 cases between Monday and Tuesday — the highest number in a 24-hour period — for a total of 4,644 cases.

Testing has increased in the past week, since the state announced a plan to test up to 20,000 Minnesotans daily through a joint effort with Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. Still, the single-day spike in confirmed cases outpaced the rise in testing.

As of April 28, 320 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 Health. The number of reported deaths has more than doubled in the past week.

Among the deaths reported Wednesday was a 30-year-old, the youngest person to die of COVID-19 in Minnesota so far.

More than 66,700 Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19, an increase of 2,915 between Monday and Tuesay.

A handful of rural counties have the highest case rates in Minnesota. Nobles County has the largest number of cases per capita, with 279 cases per 10,000 residents. Martin County has 26 cases per 10,000 residents.

Of the 4,644 Minnesotans who tested positive, 2,043 have recovered. Due to testing limitations, those totals don’t include everyone who is sick with or has recovered from COVID-19.

For more data related to the coronavirus pandemic in Minnesota and the United States, check out Minnesota Reformer’s daily COVID-19 tracker.

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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.