1 year of COVID-19 in Minnesota

1 year of COVID-19 in Minnesota Photo: KSTP-TV.

Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: March 03, 2021 01:33 PM
Created: March 02, 2021 08:27 AM

March 6, 2020 marked the first documented case of COVID-19 in Minnesota.

Since then, Minnesotans have witnessed and experienced challenges, tragedies and triumphs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minnesotans celebrated life milestones in new ways (drive-by birthday parties and virtual weddings and graduation ceremonies, to name a few) and noticed acts of kindness in their communities.

People went out onto their balconies to hit pots and pans and cheer for health care workers. Workers lined up outside hospitals to show their support for doctors and nurses working amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and landmarks across the state were also illuminated to show thanks.

The restaurant industry was hit hard. Many transitioned between in-person dining and takeout amid various executive orders. However, many kept serving customers; some even contributed to providing meals for students while schools were closed.

And who could forget the 2020 Minnesota State Fair cancellation, marking only the sixth time the Great Minnesota Get-Together had been canceled, only to be reimagined as a drive-thru event?

Now in 2021, COVID-19 vaccines have been approved and are currently in distribution, with plans to expand eligibility. In February, Gov. Tim Walz announced that the state has administered more than 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Meanwhile, many parents-turned-at-home-tutors are adjusting once again as students begin the transition back to the classroom.

As we look back on the past year of the pandemic, contribute your own stories below.

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