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New study rates Minnesota’s COVID-19 Dashboard best in the nation

The National Guard Armory in Wadena is the new site of free COVID-19 testing as of Tuesday, Nov. 17. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

Minnesota has ranked the best in the nation in sharing essential COVID-19 information through its online dashboard, according to a new national report published by Resolve to Save Lives, part of the global health organization Vital Strategies. The report, “Tracking COVID-19 in the United States: Progress and Opportunities” , analyzed the quality and breadth of COVID-19 information shared by all 50 states and found that Minnesota had the strongest COVID-19 data dashboard in the nation, praising Minnesota’s dashboard for providing “robust information, enabling communities to be better informed on the local spread of COVID-19 and risk of infection.”

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our state has made decisions to protect Minnesota’s health, economy, and wellbeing based on accurate, real-time data, and sharing that data with complete transparency has been our priority,” said Governor Tim Walz. “I am proud that Minnesota has earned the distinction of best in the nation in making current and thorough COVID-19 data accessible to all. Minnesotans deserve no less as we continue to fight this pandemic together.”

“When we provide Minnesotans with information, we give them the power to better understand this pandemic, reduce the risk of spread, and protect their communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “We will continue to prioritize providing the best data available to Minnesotans as we ask for their help in this ongoing fight.”

“Providing accurate, accessible and understandable information is critical when fighting any public health threat, and that’s especially true for a new and complex threat like COVID-19,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “It’s very hard work, and there are always things you can do to improve. Many people at the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota IT Services, our State Emergency Operations Center and other partners have worked hard to create our dashboard and keep it going, and it is good to see their talent and dedication getting national recognition.”

Under the leadership of Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Resolve to Save Lives seeks to prevent deaths from cardiovascular disease and epidemics. Resolve to Save Lives’ new report closely examined the state-level dashboards and other official online COVID-19 information resources for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The content was analyzed for how well it shared essential indicators that help people better understand the risks posed by COVID-19 in their state and what steps officials are taking to reduce that risk. The new report is a follow-up to a similar report published in July.


Minnesota’s COVID-19 data can be found on:

Additional COVID-19 information is available on the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html) website.

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