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Minnesota reports 617 new COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths

By: - May 5, 2020 10:37 am

The coronavirus.

Minnesota saw a spike in the reported number of COVID-19 cases between Sunday and Monday as testing ramps up, with 617 new cases for a total of 7,851 patients.

The state reported that 88,009 Minnesotans have been tested, an increase of more than 2,000 from the day before. Testing slowed slightly compared to the week before, when between 2,500 and 4,600 new tests were reported daily.

The jump in positive cases Tuesday is the state’s highest single-day total and outpaced the uptick in testing.

Since the state confirmed its first case on March 6, 455 people have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, most of them residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Of the 7,851 Minnesotans who tested positive, 4,614 have recovered. Due to testing limitations in March and much of April, those totals don’t include everyone who is sick with or has recovered from COVID-19.

For more data related to the coronavirus pandemic in Minnesota and the United States, check out Minnesota Reformer’s daily COVID-19 tracker.

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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.