First death due to COVID-19 in Minnesota was Thursday
March 20, 2020
On Saturday, March 21, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported the first confirmed death of a Minnesota resident due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The death occurred Thursday, March 19 in a Ramsey County resident in their 80s who recently tested positive for COVID-19 and was the contact of an earlier confirmed case.
“Gwen and I extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones during this time of loss,” said Governor Tim Walz. “As COVID-19 continues to spread in Minnesota, we must all do what we can to keep each other safe.”