St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. – September 4, 2015: Rides, Games and Crowds of People at the Midway section of the Minnesota State Fair, in St. Paul Minnesota

Over 1,100 new COVID-19 cases are being reported in Minnesota.  Health officials announced the new cases of the virus yesterday, along with four additional deaths.  Nearly 300 people in the state are hospitalized for COVID-19-related illnesses.  Over 618,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for the virus and almost 7,700 have died since the pandemic began.

Because of this, organizers of the Minnesota State Fair are considering requiring masks to be worn at indoor exhibits.  State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer said yesterday that no decision had been reached yet.  Seven COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred in the past week at Minnesota fairs and festivals, leading to concerns about the State Fair, which attracts more than two-million people over its 12-day run.  The fair begins August 26th.