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Minnesota milestone: A day of zero COVID-19 deaths

COVID-19 deaths have lingered after pandemic waves, but latest trends are favorable for Minnesota

Minnesota might have finally reached a fresh positive pandemic milestone - the first day since Aug. 15 that no one from the state died of COVID-19.

Wednesday's pandemic update from the Minnesota Department of Health showed zero COVID-19 deaths reported so far on March 12. That could change, given delays in reporting and verifying COVID-19 deaths, but it nonetheless is the latest sign that Minnesota has emerged from its fifth pandemic wave.

The state on Wednesday reported two more COVID-19 deaths, raising its pandemic total to 12,342. But its average has declined from 33 deaths per day in the week ending Jan. 30 to as few as six per day in the week ending March 12.


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