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Minnesota now has 60 confirmed cases of COVID-19

By: - March 17, 2020 10:41 am

The virus hasn’t just attacked cells. It’s attacked brains with conspiracy theories, too (Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Lab)

Minnesota has 60 positive cases of COVID-19, the state announced Tuesday, up from 54 Monday.

To date, approximately 2,336 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

The cases are spread across 13 counties: Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Stearns, Wright, Waseca and Washington.

Over the weekend, the state reported its first cases of community transmission of the novel coronavirus. Gov. Tim Walz took drastic action Monday aimed at slowing the virus’ spread and ordered all bars, restaurants, theaters and gyms to close by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Restaurants can continue to offer drive-thru, delivery and takeout.

The governor also ordered all public K-12 schools to close from March 18 to March 27. The Legislature announced Monday that it would suspend standing floor and committee meetings through April 14.

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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.