Timeline: COVID-19 in Minnesota

A woman gets a shot in her left arm.
Hopkins Public Schools staff member Molly Warden is given her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by nurse Meghan Jo Higgins in St. Paul at a COVID-19 vaccine pilot site at Roy Wilkins Auditorium Jan. 28.
Evan Frost | MPR News file

Updated: April 19, 5:55 a.m. | Posted: March 6, 4 a.m.

On March 6, 2020, Minnesota reported its first COVID-19 case. Since then, more than 555,000 coronavirus cases and over 7,000 deaths have been logged in Minnesota.

Vaccinations began in December with health care providers and those in long-term care facilities, before the eligibility pool expanded to include people 65 and older and educators. The vaccine rollout was widely expanded to all Minnesotans 16 and older in late March. State officials are projecting that by summer, every Minnesotan who wants one will be able to get a vaccine.

More than half of Minnesotans 16 and older have received at least one shot, while more than 1.6 million Minnesotans have completed their vaccination series.

Here are key dates in the state’s fight against the disease.

Scrolling through the timeline below is a stark reminder of all that we've been through — and how different many of our lives were, a year ago. How have those milestones, which MPR News is reflecting on all month, changed things for you? What would you #tellMPRNews about your year living through the pandemic? What’s your new normal?


#TellMPRNews: What’s your new normal?

So much has changed in just one year. Workplaces and classrooms have gone remote. Large events have been canceled or postponed. Businesses have shuttered and jobs have been lost. More than 500,000 people have died in the U.S. of COVID-19.

What would you #tellMPRNews about your year living through the pandemic? How has your life changed in the past year?


Reflecting on one year of the pandemic

One year of COVID in Minnesota: This time last year, we didn't know then that COVID-19 would make an indelible mark on our health, our families, our jobs or our mental health.

As nursing homes open up, families, operators remember COVID's torment, focus on what's next: For all, it has been a year of pain and change.

Latino small business stay resilient through a ‘pandemic year’: The pandemic dealt a blow to many small businesses in Minnesota in 2020, especially those tied to the state’s food and restaurant industries. One year into pandemic-related restrictions, some are starting to look to the future. Others are still trying to hold on.

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