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Minnesota reports 30 COVID-19 deaths, including two tied to food processing plants


Jeff Wheeler – Star Tribune

A pair of F-16 jets flanked a C-130 Hercules airplane as it flew over downtown late Wednesday morning to honor frontline health care workers.

Minnesota reported a single-day record of 30 deaths related to COVID-19 on Wednesday, including a worker in the 50s age range at the JBS plant in Worthington that has shut down amid a substantial outbreak of the infectious disease.

More than three-fourths of the newly reported deaths involved elderly residents of long-term care facilities, which have become an increasing focus of state COVID-19 testing and response efforts. The state on Wednesday morning reported that one death involved a person in the 70s age range who was the spouse of a worker at the Jennie-0 turkey plant in Melrose. At least 11 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among workers at the Melrose plant. The disclosure that the death involved a spouse was an error by state health officials, who normally don't reveal such specific details and leave that to county agencies, companies or families.


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