69 positive COVID-19 cases linked to Minnesota State Fair, MDH says

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The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 69 new positive COVID-19 cases that are linked to the Minnesota State Fair Friday.

According to a spokesperson, the cases relate to people who said they attended the fair during the period in which they were most likely exposed and infected. MDH expects the number of cases to climb in the coming days, since the fair just ended on Monday.

In total, 1,301,584 people visited the state fairgrounds from Aug. 26 through Labor Day.

The fair’s attendance in 2021 dipped from prior years due to a combination of rainfall and a lack of COVID-19 precautions being made.