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Deaths in Minnesota long-term care drop tenfold

Early on, many of Minnesota's 1,700 senior care communities were caught unprepared for the pandemic.


Jerry Holt – Star Tribune

Kay Foley, 88, left, and her daughter Chris Coverdale blew kisses to each other after an outdoor visit at Jones-Harrison nursing home.

Deaths in the state's long-term care facilities have dropped tenfold since the Minnesota Health Department introduced a five-point plan to address the growth in COVID-19 outbreaks.

"The downward trend we've seen is very encouraging," said Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. But she cautioned that COVID-19 still presents challenges.

"It is frankly inevitable that there will be more cases in long term care," she said.


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