COVID-19 MDH Briefing: 1st Minnesotan dies from COVID-19 infection likely contracted at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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In Minnesota, there have been 761 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 77,085 since the start of the pandemic. Seven more deaths have also been reported, bringing the total in Minnesota to 1,830 deaths from COVID-19.

Malcolm also reported that there were 297 people currently in hospital and 135 in intensive care.

The seven-day average positivity rate jumped slightly to 5.2%. Malcolm said it was just under 5%.

COVID-19 in Minnesota: 7 new deaths, 46 hospitalizations reported

Update on Sturgis Deaths / Infections:

The first death linked to the Sturgis motorcycle rally was reported in Minnesota.

A man in his 60s with underlying health issues died from the virus after attending the rally, according to MDH.

With the death, the total number of Sturgis-related infections has now reached 50, according to MDH’s director of infectious diseases Kris Ehresmann.

Ehresmann also noted that MDH is starting to see evidence of secondary transmission linked to Sturgis, meaning those who attended are infecting people who did not attend the rally.

She urged those in attendance as well as everyone to follow the advice of White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr Deborah Birx to wear masks, to distance themselves and not to attend large gatherings .

Minnesota man dies after attending Sturgis rally, tested positive for COVID-19

Here are other highlights from Wednesday’s call:

  • Ehresmann debunked an internet rumor that if a child tested positive for COVID-19, child protection services would remove the child from their home. She vehemently said that was not true and urged people to carefully choose the sources they get their news from.
  • Malcolm noted that saliva tests will be coming soon, especially those that will be used for educators. MDH has started emailing codes to educators where they can request saliva tests. About 250,000 saliva tests should be made available to educators.

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