- Associated Press - Friday, October 23, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota health officials reported 1,721 new cases of the coronavirus and 13 deaths on Friday as the state is swept along in a surge of cases across the Upper Midwest and Plains.

Friday’s tally brought the state’s totals since the pandemic began to 129,863 cases and 2,314 deaths. The updated numbers mark two straight weeks of more than 1,000 new daily cases and the third straight day of double-digit deaths reported by state health officials.

According to data through Thursday from The COVID Tracking Project, the 7-day rolling average of daily new cases in Minnesota has risen over the past two weeks from 1,073 new cases per day on Oct. 7 to 1,521 on Oct. 21.

Counties in western Minnesota closest to North Dakota and South Dakota are experiencing some of the highest case growth statewide, with Rock and Chippewa counties each seeing more than 1,100 new cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks.

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