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Minnesota reports 5,454 new COVID-19 cases, another record high

By: - November 6, 2020 12:47 pm

The coronavirus.

Minnesota reported 5,454 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, the state’s fourth consecutive record-breaking day for new cases.

The new daily highs come amid a bleak month for Minnesota, with hospitalizations and deaths rising along with case totals. More than 1,000 Minnesotans are hospitalized with COVID-19, another record-breaking figure, according to Minnesota Department of Health data.

ICUs across the state were at 98% capacity in the metro and 92% elsewhere on Wednesday, forcing some health care systems to move patients between hospitals and decline transfers from hard-hit communities in Wisconsin and North Dakota, the Star Tribune reported.

Cases are growing fastest in northwestern Minnesota, likely driven by the ongoing outbreak in North Dakota, MPR reported.

The state also reported a record-high 36 deaths Thursday, bringing the death toll to 2,591. 

“Minnesota is in a bad spot,” Kris Ehresmann, Minnesota Department of Health infectious disease director, said Wednesday. “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.”

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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.