After nearly a month, concentrated testing in the Twin Cities has not indicated a significant spike in cases linked to mass gatherings and riots following the death of George Floyd. But Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health says the testing has shown a higher positivity rate among minorities. She says there is no biological reason the virus would affect one population group more than another.

“But that is definitely something that is continuing to be evaluated because we have seen more cases, disproportionate hospitalizations, and deaths in these populations.”

Ehresmann called the overall low positivity from the concentrated testing pleasing news, but she also said the disparities served to underscore a need for more testing in minority communities.