Minnesota reports 1,632 new COVID-19 cases; statewide case growth among the nation’s highest

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    Minnesota reported 1,632 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, following three days of record-high daily case increases.

    Minnesota’s case growth rate as of Friday indicates “unchecked community spread” and high COVID-19 risk levels, according to the Brown School of Public Health. For the past week, the state has reported roughly 30 new cases per 100,000 residents each day — the 11th-highest rate in the nation.

    Case growth also continues to exceed the number of new tests completed daily, MPR reported. The rate of positive tests is above 5%, a benchmark that experts consider worrying.

    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 86.9 in North Dakota and 75.3 in South Dakota. Wisconsin has the fourth-highest rate, at 48.2, and Iowa has the eighth-highest, at 35.4.

    Minnesota also reported five COVID-19 deaths Monday, bringing the death toll to 2,239. More than 124,439 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 since March.

    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.