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Minnesota and the COVID-19 Pandemic: the Data



The global COVID-19 pandemic has, in a short period of time, become a very local issue to Minnesotans. Testing, confirmed cases, hospitalizations, and deaths related to COVID-19 are climbing in communities across the state. During this unprecedented time, Minnesota Compass commits to regularly assembling and updating data related to the COVID-19 pandemic in this special section of our website.

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.

Use the links on the left to see the latest data on key measures related to COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to information on the state of our healthcare, health, economy, and disparities.

What's happening

The spread of COVID-19 and its impact on communities are rapidly evolving. Here’s what we know to date:

Making connections

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 are also tracking COVID-19 comorbidities and predictors of risk – like diabetes and obesity – and social determinants of health – like employment, health care coverage, poverty, and housing.


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The U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey provides near real-time data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. households.

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When you compare COVID-19's impact on racial group populations, disparities in death rates become evident.

Since March 16, nearly 100,000 workers in Minnesota’s food and beverage sector have filed for unemployment insurance.