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With 19 more deaths, Minnesota COVID-19 toll reaches new daily high

By: - April 22, 2020 1:04 pm

The coronavirus.

Minnesota reported 19 deaths from COVID-19 between April 20 and 21 — the highest number of deaths in a 24-hour period during the pandemic.

Across the state, 179 people have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus since the state confirmed its first case on March 6, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The number of reported deaths has doubled since April 15.

The state’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases has topped 2,500, with 154 new cases reported as of 8 p.m. April 21. A handful of rural counties have the highest case rates in Minnesota, with the largest number of cases per capita in Nobles County, where there are 57.2 cases per 10,000 residents, and in Martin County, with 20.7 cases per 10,000 residents.

Of the 2,721 Minnesotans who tested positive, 1,317 have recovered. Due to testing limitations, 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.