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Minnesota reports 851 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths

By: - January 27, 2021 2:14 pm

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Minnesota reported 851 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 18 deaths Wednesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

A total of 457,317 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,124 have died.

After experiencing one of the nation’s worst outbreaks in late fall, Minnesota now has the nation’s 47th-fastest rate of case growth, with roughly 21 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past week, according the Brown School of Public Health.

More than 300,000 Minnesotans — roughly 5.5% of the state’s population — have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 73,304 have received two doses. Last week, the state launched a new pilot program allowing people over 65 to get vaccinated at pilot sites across the state, although supply remains extremely limited.

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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.