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Minnesota health officials show hard numbers, hard truths on Wednesday


ROCHESTER, Minn. — Seemingly chagrined by the news that Minnesotans can no longer enter New York, New Jersey or Connecticut without signing papers stating they will quarantine for 14 days, state health officials on Wednesday, July 15 used a scheduled press call to shake up the complacency in the community over the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm began the hour with a stark reminder than at 3.4 million cases and 136,000 deaths, the United States has become an example for failure to prevent the spread of the illness.

"Just to put this in a little bit of context," Malcolm said of the nation's case and death totals, "what this means in the United States, which has about 4.5% of the world's population, accounts for fully 25% of global COVID-19 cases, and 23% of all COVID-19 deaths."


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