(St. Paul, MN)  —  Initial reports from the Minnesota health officials indicate a sharp drop in COVID-19 deaths in February.  The Minnesota Department of Health reported yesterday that February’s death toll from the virus was 414.  The state also identified more than 21-hundred new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.  Over one-point-four million Minnesotans have tested positive for the virus and more than 12-thousand have died since the pandemic began.