As with everything, COVID-19 has disrupted business as usual when it comes to reporting election results.
Minnesota’s seven-day average case positivity rate rose to 5.2%, up from 4.9% a week ago. MDH considers above 5% a concerning trend.
Four more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday, for a total of 1,620.
Because of COVID-19, local governments have changed numerous polling locations or — in some smaller, rural precincts — gone to mail balloting.
As of Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Health said there have been a total of 55,947 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota since the start of the pandemic.
In the early days of the pandemic, confirmed cases of COVID-19 were concentrated in U.S. cities, including the Twin Cities. Now, counties in Greater Minnesota are seeing per-capita infection rates comparable to Hennepin and Ramsey.
MDH also reported 83 new cases among residents or staff in long-term care facilities, up from 40 announced Tuesday — with the majority of the new cases among health care workers.
The state has hundreds of workers making calls to people who test positive for COVID-19, and with those they may have been in contact with. But with high levels of community spread of the disease, those efforts have limited benefits.
The state’s case positivity rate was at 4.8 percent, near the five percent threshold that is a warning sign for public health officials.
Election judges tend to be older, which means they tend to be more vulnerable to COVID-19. Many are deciding not to risk working the polls this year.
The executive order, which Gov. Tim Walz had teased earlier in the week, takes effect Saturday and will remain in place until the state’s peacetime emergency declaration ends.
Officials said the decision would come in the next day or two. Also,the Minnesota Department of Health announced 3 more deaths from COVID-19 in Minnesota and that the statewide total for positive cases had risen to 47,457 since the start of the outbreak.
The child had no known underlying health conditions and had two causes of death listed: upper and lower respiratory tract infection and COVID-19.
For the third day in a row, the Minnesota Department of Health announced more than 600 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Melton-Meaux has been able to raise funds from people who can make large contributions — including a range of local DFL notables who would normally be expected to support the incumbent.
With COVID-19 on many voters’ minds, Minnesota has sent out a record number of absentee ballots — more than 350,000 as of last week.
Minnesota officials reported two more deaths due to COVID-19 and 491 new confirmed cases of the disease.
Rumors of people throwing COVID parties — in which people purportedly tried to get COVID-19 — have been widely shared by officials and never turn out to be true.