MPR News with Angela Davis

Looking back: One year of COVID-19 in Minnesota

A man shops at a supermarket, wearing a mask.
Shopper Merlin Smith, 82, of Edina, navigates the aisles of Lunds and Byerlys during an early morning hour devoted to older shoppers and shoppers with health conditions on March 19, 2020, in Edina, Minn.
Merlin Smith | Star Tribune via AP 2020

One year ago, life as we know it changed. 

On March 6, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the state. The infection spread quickly, and by March 15, Gov. Tim Walz closed all public schools. The lockdown was initially scheduled for just a week and a half

We didn't know then that COVID-19 would make an indelible mark on our health, our families, our jobs or our mental health.

Host Angela Davis spent the hour looking at the year of the pandemic. What have we learned about the coronavirus since those first cases? What have we learned about ourselves?


  • Catharine Richert is a senior reporter for MPR News based in Rochester, Minn.

  • Dr. Adi Shah is a physician in the division of infectious diseases at Mayo Clinic.

  • Jeanette Rupert is an intensive care nurse at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn.

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