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Minnesota's COVID-19 response shows promise in helping to slow virus


Aaron Lavinsky - Star Tribune

A stillness has settled over the Twin Cities with the stay-at-home order. Few cars were heading into downtown Minneapolis on Monday morning, though the skyline still reflected the glow of sunrise.

The death toll from COVID-19 jumped from four to more than 20 in the first week of Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order, but amid the loss and great public anxiety, there are signs of hope.

Declines in traffic and even crime mean that Minnesotans are taking social distancing obligations seriously, which bodes well because aggressive responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have been credited with at least leveling death tolls in hard-hit cities such as Seattle and San Francisco. And at least one national COVID-19 forecaster has reduced its death estimates for Minnesota based on the state's efforts.


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