As virus looms, Minnesota offers trick-or-treat alternatives

Minnesota health officials cautioned against traditional Halloween celebrations as this weekend’s holiday comes amid a surge in cases statewide. Lower-risk substitutes for trick-or-treating and haunted houses include virtual get-togethers and in-home activities.

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The state health department reported nearly 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus and 19 more deaths on Wednesday. Minnesota’s case total since the pandemic began is nearly 140,000 as the state continues to see an increase in case growth. Daily cases jumped over 2,000 three times in the last two weeks and the state’s 7-day rolling average of daily new cases continues to rise.