As the state continues to face restrictions and schools grapple with how to educate students, the Minnesota Department of health says COVID-19 case-counting isn’t now as much about deaths or hospital capacity, but rather to watch for trends and possible outbreaks. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm:

“It is not possible to eliminate cases, and I don’t think any of us are expecting to drive cases to zero.”

Malcolm says the case numbers will show them where they may need to respond with extra effort and resources. Yesterday the state reported over 700 new cases, but more than 260 of those came from a backlog of more than 16-thousand tests, some of which Malcolm said were collected as far back as May and April.