Through Monday, the ratio of COVID-19 deaths per coronavirus cases in Minnesota was one of the highest in the nation at 7.4 deaths per one hundred. Kris Ehresman with the Minnesota Department of Health says that number had a lot had to do with limited testing in the early part of the pandemic.

“The majority of our testing early-on was done in long-term care facilities,” said Ehresman. “The population we were testing was not representative of the broad population. I think as testing expands we will see a bit of a leveling out of that number.”

Ehresman says the increasing testing capacity should provide a greater sample of the overall population and not just the highest risk individuals.