The state Health Department reports 16 more deaths from COVID-19 in Minnesota, and the highest number of new cases since early January — at 1,857. Commissioner Jan Malcolm:

“We do have the potential for another spike in cases and… that’s why we keep re-inforcing the importance of keeping up our vigilance, not letting down our guard on the basic prevention measures.”

On the positive side, health officials say by early April they expect a jump in vaccine available from the federal government, so about 304-thousand new people could be vaccinated in Minnesota per week. And they say by the end of *this* week, practically all residents and staff in all long-term care facilities in Minnesota will have had the opportunity to have two doses of a COVID vaccine.