Months into pandemic, COVID-19 death rate still elusive

Months into pandemic, COVID-19 death rate still elusive

Four months after the first Minnesotan died of COVID-19, health officials still aren’t sure how lethal the pandemic is to people in the state. The math is simple when dividing 1,574 deaths by 51,153 known cases in Minnesota to reach a 3.1% death rate, which is close to the 3.4% rate in China when COVID-19 emerged this winter.

By Miki