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Minnesota reports first COVID-19 child death and 922 new cases

By: - July 20, 2020 1:40 pm

The coronavirus.

Minnesota reported 922 new COVID-19 cases Monday — a record-high daily total — and the state’s first death of a child due to the coronavirus.

The child was under 5 years old and lived in Clay County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. No other details were released. Previously, the youngest Minnesotan to die of COVID-19 was at least 20.

With the 922 new cases and four deaths, Minnesota’s confirmed COVID-19 case count has surpassed 47,000, and 1,545 people have died.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 247 Minnesotans were hospitalized with the coronavirus, 115 of them in intensive care units. The number of hospitalizations has remained mostly flat throughout July, even as case counts spike.

More than 867,400 tests have been completed, according to the numbers reported Monday, an increase of 14,261 tests from the day before.

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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.