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Minnesota's COVID-19 case growth now standing out

Positive tests in Minn. top 5% even as other hard-hit states start to improve


August 5, 2020

Tony Jaros River Garden owner Dan Jaros poured a "Greeney," the establishment's signature drink, Wednesday night. ] Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey will announce new restrictions to bars today in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Patrons will be unable to stand and congregate in bar spaces, requiring bartenders to serve them in tables or other seating areas. We photograph the scene at Tony Jaros River Garden's bar on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in northeast Minneapolis, Minn.

The national COVID-19 map has turned upside-down in one way, with Minnesota and some other northern states reporting more growth in cases over the past two weeks than southern and western states hard-hit by the pandemic this summer.

Minnesota's average daily count of new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased 11% over the past two weeks while daily counts have declined 24% in Arizona and 16% in Texas, according to the COVID Exit Strategy website.

Whether Minnesota will see the surge in deaths and hospitalizations that those states experienced is an open question, though state health officials hope earlier social distancing and mask-wearing efforts will make a difference. But if COVID-19 is a roller coaster, then Minnesota is one of the last cars going over the point of no return.


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