What can we glean from the latest COVID-19 data?

Michael Osterholm, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz
Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota speaks at a press conference April 22 with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.
Glen Stubbe | Star Tribune via AP file

More than 350,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.

Over the past week, COVID deaths in the state since the pandemic began topped 4,000.

Right now the disease is linked to about one-third of all deaths across the state.

Every Monday, MPR News host Kerri Miller speaks with scientists, public health officials and physicians about the latest on COVID-19 throughout the country and the state.

This week, Miller spoke with Michael Osterholm from the University of Minnesota about what we can glean from the latest data on the novel coronavirus and what the timeline looks like for a COVID-19 vaccine.  


  • Michael Osterholm is an epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He is also a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force.

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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