Minnesota reports 1,578 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths

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    Minnesota reported 1,578 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, marking more than two weeks of daily case counts above 1,000.

    The state also recorded four deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,353, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Officials in recent weeks have implored Minnesotans to stay vigilant against COVID-19 as case counts spike and hospitalizations increase.

    More than 135,300 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 since March, and 9,588 have been hospitalized.

    Minnesota’s case growth rate as of Friday indicates “accelerated spread” and medium COVID-19 risk levels, according to the Brown School of Public Health. For the past week, the state has reported roughly 24.4 new cases per 100,000 residents each day — the 23rd-highest rate in the nation.

    And Minnesota is surrounded by states with even higher growth rates. North and South Dakota have the highest number of new daily cases per 100,000 residents, at 105.2 in North Dakota and 89.3 in South Dakota. Wisconsin has the third-highest rate, at 73.4, and Iowa has the ninth-highest, at 37.8.

    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.