Minnesota COVID-19 deaths reach lowest count since start of pandemic


Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune file

Monthly COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota reached their lowest total since March 2020, when public health officials announced the state's first confirmed coronavirus infection.

monthly total since March 2020 - the start of the three-year pandemic.

While preliminary, the total halves the 83 COVID-19 deaths in May and falls well below the 239 deaths in January, according to Thursday's weekly update by the Minnesota Department of Health. The state's COVID-19 toll is 14,896 - with seniors accounting for 83% of the deaths.

COVID-19 levels have been stable or declining in recent weeks, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported the first small increase since January in the United States. July 4th has been a pivot point in the pandemic in each of the last three years, and Minnesota officials are monitoring whether holiday gatherings produced any measurable increase in viral transmission this year.



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