Minnesota reported a single-day record of 35 deaths on Thursday from Covid-19, as health officials warned that recent mass protests could exacerbate the spread of the virus, with the potential to disproportionately impact minorities.
Thursday marked the third consecutive day of protesting in Minneapolis in response to the death of George Floyd.
At a press briefing on Thursday, State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said she understands the anger and pain of protesters, but asserted that mass gatherings significantly increases potential exposure to the coronavirus.
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Per the COVID Exit Strategy website, Minnesota is among 20 states listed as “trending poorly” due to rising case counts and hospital utilization.
Thursday morning, the state reported a single-day record of 35 deaths on Wednesday from COVID-19, the largest single-day increase in deaths reported since the pandemic began.
Malcolm repeated the importance of wearing masks and social distancing while acknowledging such measures would be very difficult to employ during the current situation in Minneapolis and St. Paul.