Minnesota sets new COVID-19 case count target
July 7, 2020
Minnesota health officials have changed the report card by which they grade the state's response to COVID-19 - adding a goal of reducing the number of new cases reported each day from 435 over the past week to about 283.
The ambitious target comes as other states report rising COVID-19 case counts, and Minnesota risks a surge of its own following the family and group gatherings over the holiday weekend that could have spread the coronavirus that causes the infectious disease.
Health officials over the July 4th weekend offered some optimistic reports of people and businesses adhering to social distancing requirements, but it will take two or more weeks to assess any effect of holiday celebrations on the pandemic, said Jan Malcolm, state health commissioner.