Minnesota now has 54 confirmed cases of COVID-19

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    Fifty-four people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Minnesota, the state announced Monday, up from 35 positive cases Sunday.

    The state has tested approximately 1,893 people for the virus, according to updated figures from the Minnesota Department of Health.

    Blue Earth County and Benton County both reported their first known cases Monday. Identified cases in Minnesota are spread across 13 counties: Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Stearns, Waseca, Washington and Wright.

    Over the weekend, the state also reported its first cases of community transmission of the novel coronavirus. Gov. Tim Walz Sunday took drastic action aimed at slowing the virus’ spread and ordered the temporary closure of all public K-12 schools March 18 through March 27.

    The Legislature announced Monday that it would suspend standing floor and committee meetings through April 14.

    Due to an error in information from the state, an earlier version of this article misstated which counties have identified cases of COVID-19

    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.