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With 492 new cases, Minnesota’s COVID-19 case count tops 5,000

By: - April 30, 2020 10:58 am

The coronavirus.

Minnesota saw a spike in the reported number of COVID-19 cases between Tuesday and Wednesday as testing ramps up, with 492 new cases for a total of 5,136 patients.

The state reported that 70,276 Minnesotans have been tested, an increase of more than 3,500 from the day before. The jump in positive cases is the state’s highest single-day total and outpaced the uptick in testing.

On April 22 the state announced a plan to test up to 20,000 Minnesotans daily through a joint effort with Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota.

Since the state confirmed its first case on March 6, 343 people have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The number of reported deaths has nearly doubled in the past week.

Of the 5,136 Minnesotans who tested positive, 2,172 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.