Health officials tie northern Minn. COVID-19 surge to everyday gatherings
October 8, 2020
Northern Minnesota has hosted two presidential campaign rallies in the past few weeks, during which thousands of people crowded closely together, many of them not wearing masks.
Public health officials have worried those rallies could become COVID-19 super spreader events, and there's still potential that they might, as more testing and contact tracing is done.
But so far, public health officials in northern Minnesota say it's been much smaller get-togethers that seem to be behind the spike in coronavirus cases across the region. Over the past week, northern Minnesota - from the Wisconsin to the North Dakota borders - has averaged the most new cases, relative to its population, in the state.