Minnesota ranks 2nd in new virus cases per capita in 2 weeks

Published 4:12 pm Sunday, December 6, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health officials on Sunday confirmed more than 5,550 new cases of the coronavirus and 64 new deaths from complications due to COVID-19.

There were about 1,468 new cases per 100,000 people in Minnesota over the past two weeks, which ranks second in the country behind South Dakota for new cases per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. One in every 136 people in Minnesota tested positive in the past week.

Health care workers have accounted for 25,471 of the more than 350,000 positive tests, state data shows.

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The fatalities announced Sunday raised the state’s death toll to 2,637 since the start of the pandemic. The COVID Tracking Project ranks that as the 22nd highest in the country overall and the 28th highest per capita.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.