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Minnesota health officials link rise in COVID-19 deaths, accelerating spread of new infections


October 22, 2020

ALEX KORMANN • Star Tribune

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

Thirty-five new COVID-19 deaths were reported Wednesday, a grim reminder of the fatal consequences as the corona­virus continues to spread.

State health officials linked the high number of fatalities - the most since May 28 - to the accelerating spread of new infections.

"We've known that a surge in deaths was to be expected several weeks after a surge in cases," Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said.


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