Pioneer Press: With 2 deaths and dozens of illnesses, rural Minnesota county is a coronavirus hot spot. Why?

EXCERPT: “Martin County on the state’s southern border has more than its share of coronavirus cases. At just 20,000 residents, the agricultural region has 24 confirmed cases of the virus and two deaths, according to Martin County Sheriff Jeffrey Markquart. (The Minnesota Department of Health website posts 23 cases.) That’s more than the 22 cases in Anoka County, which, at 350,000 residents, is 17 times more populated. It’s twice the dozen cases in 10-times-more-populated St. Louis County, home of Duluth. It dwarfs the single cases in neighboring Jackson, Faribault and Watonwan counties. Why? ‘If I knew, believe me, I’d be beating the drum a lot louder,’ said Markquart, who has been beating the drum quite loudly as it is, via regular Facebook videos updating the residents on each new case and sprinkling in community mitigation strategies.” FULL STORY: