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Protests could exacerbate COVID-19 spread in Minnesota


Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

For the first time in a long time, COVID-19 is not "on the top of people's minds today and rightly so," said state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, shown May 20.

Health officials warned Thursday that mass protests over police brutality could exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota and trigger a surge in an outbreak that has had a disproportionate impact on minorities.

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said it is understandable that people are protesting and speaking out following the death of a black man forcibly restrained by a white police officer, but that doesn't lessen the exposure risks from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 at a pivotal time in the pandemic.

The state reported a single-day record of 35 deaths on Thursday from COVID-19, raising the death toll to 967.


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