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‘Deaths of Despair’ contribute to 17% rise in Minnesota’s death rate during COVID-19 pandemic

March 19, 2023
ROCHESTER, Minn. — According to a new study published by Mayo Clinic researchers, the COVID-19 pandemic was linked to a 17% increase in the death rate in Minnesota during the first year of the pandemic compared to the two previous years. Deaths were driven by both COVID-19 and other causes linked with preventable “deaths of despair,” such as overdose, alcohol use and malnutrition. The study analyzed Minnesota death certificate data available through the Rochester Epidemiology…

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