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Minnesota reports all-time high of confirmed COVID-19 infections from unknown sources

A key indicator in Minnesota's pandemic response is going in the opposite direction


October 7, 2020

ALEX KORMANN • Star Tribune

Cheryl Odegaard, a medical assistant at St. Luke's Respiratory Clinic, administered a COVID-19 test to a patient in their drive-through testing site last month.

Minnesota's COVID-19 dashboard reported Tuesday that a new high of 38% of confirmed novel coronavirus infections came from unknown community sources.

The rate is above Minnesota's goal of no more than 30%, meaning the SARS-CoV-2 virus is spreading beyond the state's ability to track it and contain it.

While it's impossible to identify all sources of COVID-19, state health officials said this increase was an expected result of rising infection numbers and viral spread. They urged people to reduce their risks through mask-wearing and social distancing, which in turn will cut the rate of unknown infections.


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