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Minnesota’s COVID-19 testing reaches new single-day high

By: - May 14, 2020 11:09 am

Drive-through coronavirus screening sites continue to pop up around Florida. Health care staff from the FoundCare center in West Palm Beach helped people who had called to set up appointments on March 16, 2020, Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Minnesota’s COVID-19 testing reached a new daily high Wednesday, with 6,717 tests completed for a total of 128,752, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Testing hadn’t increased as much as officials hoped in recent weeks, since the state announced in late April a plan to test up to 20,000 Minnesotans daily through a joint effort with Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. Daily tests topped 5,000 for the first time Saturday and again Monday.

Providers at testing sites across the state had said that patients weren’t coming in, possibly because they don’t know they could get tested, said Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm during a media call in early May. Due to a national shortage of test kits, testing in Minnesota was limited to health care workers, hospitalized patients and long-term care facility residents for March and much of April.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 13,435 Minnesotans had tested positive for COVID-19, and 663 patients had died. Nearly 8,500 patients no longer need to be isolated.

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.