Minnesota and COVID-19

What is happening

More Minnesota cases than the national average

Minnesota's current wave of COVID-19 cases per capita brings the case count just above the national average.


Net job loss between 2019 and 2020

We lost more jobs, more quickly, during the first year of the pandemic than during the Great Recession. Between 2019 and 2020, Minnesota saw a net loss of 207,000 jobs. Between 2007 and 2010, Minnesota saw a net loss of 131,000 jobs.

Minnesota was on shaky ground heading into the pandemic

Our 2020 Compass Points shows that several social determinants of health both influence and are influenced by a global pandemic.  Lately, we have been seeing rapidly declining progress.

Good data are important, now more than ever, to ensure that Minnesotans have up-to-date information on demographic measures associated with COVID-19's prevalence and outcomes, like concentrations of people by age, race, ethnicity, and cultural community. We also track predictors of risk, social determinants of health, and how the pandemic impacts Minnesotans' quality of life.

Quality of life indicators help us better understand communities’ positioning to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also know that statewide and local quality of life are – and will continue to be – shaped by the pandemic. After more than a decade of measuring progress and inspiring action, Minnesota Compass is well-positioned to provide trusted, reliable information on the pandemic and its effects on our shared quality of life.

Man and woman wearing masks

People from all corners of the globe have contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus, and many residents of Minnesota have as well. How many Minnesotans have the coronavirus and where do they live? What are their racial and ethnic demographics? Understanding the reach and frequency of those with COVID-19 is important not just for combatting the spread of the coronavirus but for developing plans for easing state-mandated restrictions on physical interactions and economic activity.

People with the COVID-19 coronavirus experience a range of symptoms, from mild physical ailments to severe reactions that necessitate admittance to a hospital. How many Minnesotans have been hospitalized, and how does Minnesota's hospitalization rate compare to other states? Understanding the rate of hospitalization helps ensure that Minnesota's medical infrastructure is adequately equipped and prepared to treat patients.

How many Minnesotans have died because of complications associated with COVID-19? Is the rate at which deaths are occurring increasing, decreasing, or flattening? Information about lives lost will help us understand the coronavirus’s severity.

How many Minnesotans have received vaccinations for protection against COVID-19? Health care providers are administering the vaccine to immunize those at highest risk of getting COVID-19, and suffering the most serious complications if they become infected. As of March 30, all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older are eligible to receive a vaccine. For more on vaccinations, visit COVID-19 Vaccinations.

Understanding the public health risks of COVID-19 and why it affects some more than others is the subject of an intense global research effort. We know that certain medical conditions put people at higher risk of more serious complications and outcomes. Below, we provide data about some health conditions known to be risk factors for coronavirus.

How does not having health insurance influence a person's decision to seek medical care? How does a person's age affect their outcome if they contract the coronavirus? The answers to these questions reflect our population's social determinants of health -- the conditions where people live, learn, work, and play that affect health risks and outcome. Data can be useful for better understanding where susceptible populations live and which communities are at increased risk. Below, we provide data about social determinants of health. Public health professionals and other policymakers can use it to target their efforts in combating the spread of the coronavirus.

While all sectors are being affected by the coronavirus, the damage isn't being evenly felt. Which industries are affected more than others, and who is being laid off? Having more information about the economic impacts of the pandemic can help policymakers and social service organizations better design and target programs to help those affected by the coronavirus.

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented harm to small businesses. Information about small business impacts of the pandemic can help policymakers and service organizations better design and target programs to help small businesses affected by the coronavirus. About the Small Business Pulse Survey.

Economic disruption from the coronavirus pandemic has hit hard across our state and communities, with many households at heightened risk of housing insecurity. Having information about the share of householders who missed last month's rent or mortgage payment, or who have little or no confidence that their household can pay next month's rent or mortgage on time, can help policymakers and social service organizations better meet the needs of families facing housing instability due to employment or income loss from the pandemic.  About the Household Pulse Survey.

Losses in employment income, along with disruptions in supply chains and other parts of the economy, have led to significant challenges around food in many communities. Information about the share of households where there was sometimes or often not enough to eat over the previous week can help policymakers, social service organizations, and retailers address food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. About the Household Pulse Survey.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to maintain distance from each other, all while going through unprecedented levels of fear, uncertainty, job loss, and grief that are new for many people. Individuals with poor health or chronic diseases tend to have higher symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. While we all may be grappling with the emotional challenges of the pandemic, people lower on the socioeconomic ladder are struggling more. Mental health problems are even more aggravated by reduced and unequal access to mental health services. Being informed may help reduce uncertainty and anxiety.

About the Household Pulse Survey.

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