Minnesota reports lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in over a month

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    Minnesota reported 134 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, the lowest daily total in over a month.

    The Memorial Day weekend may play a role, since new tests and confirmed cases tend to be lower over holidays. But the numbers are still an encouraging sign as cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue trending down in Minnesota.

    The positivity rate, which lags a week, has fallen to 3.9% — the lowest since early March. In early and mid-April, when the most recent wave of infections peaked, the positivity rate was above 7%. Experts say rates about 5% indicate uncontrolled spread of the virus.

    The state reported one new death. On Monday, 249 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, about one-fifth the number hospitalized a month earlier.

    More than 2.8 million Minnesotans — nearly 65% of the population — has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 2.6 million are fully vaccinated.

    The state rolled out a vaccine incentive program last week that offers rewards like fishing licenses and amusement park tickets to the first 100,000 Minnesotans who get vaccinated in June. Breweries, wineries and distilleries across the state are also offering drink deals to vaccinated Minnesotans throughout the month.

    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.