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More than 7,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19

By: - May 4, 2020 11:56 am

The coronavirus.

More than 7,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, an increase of 571 cases between Saturday and Sunday.

The state reported that 85,941 Minnesotans have been tested, an increase of more than 3,300 in a single day as testing ramps up under a plan to test up to 20,000 Minnesotans daily through a joint effort with Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. The rise in positive cases outpaced the uptick in testing.

Since the state confirmed its first case on March 6, 428 people have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, most of them residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Of the 7,234 Minnesotans who tested positive, 4,212 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.