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Another plea for college COVID safety amid uptick in Minnesota deaths


August 20, 2020

GLEN STUBBE • Star Tribune

A mostly deserted University of Minnesota campus shown in April. State health officials Wednesday again urged college-bound students to avoid large gatherings in the two weeks before returning to campus to avoid spreading COVID-19.

Seventeen new COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota and news of college shutdowns in other states should serve as warnings, Minnesota health officials said, of the risks that could undermine recent progress in the pandemic.

Death numbers had been in single digits every day in Minnesota since July 2, until 12 were reported on Aug. 12 and 17 on Wednesday.

Though one or two bad days isn't enough proof, health officials said an uptick in deaths in Minnesota could be a lagging consequence of the growth in infections this summer and a reason for concern about outbreaks among college-bound students this fall.


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