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COVID-19 fact-finding leads to threats against health workers in Minnesota – Minnesota Public Radio News

Samples are tested for COVID-19.

Samples are tested for COVID-19 in March at the Minnesota Department of Health.

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Updated 4 p.m.

Incidents of racism and implied threats of violence have stopped the work of public health care workers on a project looking at how the coronavirus spreads.

According to leaders with the Minnesota Department of Health, the agency’s workers along with workers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were met with animosity.

“What happened is that in short, the reception of these teams, getting into communities is just too often hostile,” said Stephanie Yendell, a senior epidemiology supervisor with the Health Department.

“Unfortunately, people of color on the teams were reporting being subjected to racial slurs,” she added. “We had one one Latina team member who told us that she was called this one particular epithet more times in the last week than she had in her entire life before that.”

In one case in far southeastern Minnesota near Eitzen, in Houston County, the health department reported that two CDC workers and a contract nurse were walking up to a house when they said two cars came and boxed their car in. 

“Three men got out and one of them had a holstered gun with his hand on it, and the team felt the intent was to intimidate and scare them,” Yendell said.

“The community members said that they didn’t think they were who they said they were,” Yendell added.

“The CDC employees showed their badges and didn’t really get a response from that, you know, they there was still this disbelief that they were who they said that they were in the community member said that they wouldn’t get a response there.”

The mayor of Eitzen, Jeff Adamson, later issued a statement disputing that account.

‘Taint of racism’

The project is called CASPER, or Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response. The goal of the project is to collect data on how COVID-19 is spreading in the state.

“The goals of the study were to understand how COVID-19 is spread in Minnesota communities, understand what caused COVID-19 to spread and in those certain communities, understand how the COVID-19 transmission and infection rates differ among regions in Minnesota,” Yendell said.

If households agreed to participate, one person in the home would complete a questionnaire and any household member who was interested and agreed would get a COVID-19 test to see if they had a current infection or an antibody test to see if there was evidence of a past infection.

The CASPER project started in the state on Sept. 14 and was supposed to go through the end of the month. The project was stopped on Wednesday after these incidents, which happened in southeastern and south-central Minnesota.

Public health teams were going to visit about 1,200 randomly selected households in 180 sites around the state. Teams had only gotten to around 400 sites when the project was stopped.

The visits had started in the Twin Cities metro area, then southeastern, south-central and southwestern Minnesota. Teams had just started in the northeast region of the state.

“We had really hoped through the CASPER survey to gain a better understanding of how COVID-19 is spreading in Minnesota, and how it is affecting people. And that kind of understanding could have helped us improve multiple aspects of our response,” said Dr. Ruth Lynfield, Minnesota’s state epidemiologist. 

She said the pandemic has been difficult for many people in many ways.

“We know that people are hurting and frustrated. And we totally understand that people may not like the policies that have been put in place to control the spread of this virus,” she said.

“That is understandable. But it is distinctly different to not like a policy than to take frustrations out on another human being who’s trying to help. And it is especially concerning when there is a taint of racism. There really is no justification for this. The enemy is the virus and it is not the public health workers who are trying to help”

Assistant Health Commissioner Dan Huff said there have been other instances of pushback against state health workers.

“This is happening to our inspectors, who are inspecting restaurants and bars. We’ve heard incidents in communities of people lashing out to local public health department staff who live in their community,” he said. “These are people that are trying to serve their community. We are all trying to serve the people of Minnesota and it is demoralizing, it’s scary and it prevents us from doing the work we can do.”

Health Department leaders said there were many Minnesotans who participated in the project and had hoped to be part of the project when the teams went into northeastern and west-central Minnesota.

‘We’re Minnesotans’

News of the threats drew a strong rebuke from the Minnesota Medical Association.

“We cannot overstate the severity of this virus and Minnesotans must recognize that the target of our frustration and outrage must be the virus, not the public health experts, clinicians and others working to stop it,” Dr. Keith Stelter, the association’s president, said in a statement, adding the group was outraged by the reports of public health workers being threatened.

Speaking to reporters later Friday, Huff said investigators have dealt with other incidents of people yelling or threatening to call police, but officials became increasingly aware that workers of color were being singled out for harassment.

“Over the past week, a pattern emerged where the CASPER teams that contained people of color reported more incidents than the teams that were comprised of Caucasian people,” he said.

That anger has also been directed at Minnesota’s top public health officials. Kris Ehresmann, the state’s infectious disease director, said she’s been the target of threatening calls and emails.

While threats happen in other states, too, Ehresmann said she found it “particularly disturbing” in Minnesota, believing residents here would behave differently. “You always think your home state is the best. It might have been happening elsewhere, but we’re Minnesotans.”

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Minnesota seeks volunteers for free COVID-19 tests to assess virus spread – Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Minnesota Department of Health is going door to door across the state to find volunteers for free COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing to assess the actual spread of the pandemic.

While Minnesota as of Tuesday had reported 1,927 COVID-19 deaths and 85,351 infections with the novel coronavirus that causes the disease, that doesn’t include thousands of people who suffered mild or asymptomatic cases and never sought testing.

State health officials said an accurate assessment is needed to inform Minnesota’s pandemic response and to identify hot spots at risk for more cases. Prevalence studies also indicate if the population is getting closer to a level of “herd immunity” that chokes the spread of the virus.

“With a new virus, we have to learn as we go and adapt our response based on new data,” said Dr. Ruth Lynfield, state epidemiologist. “Information we gather in this survey will allow us to refine our recommendations to best meet the needs of our Minnesota communities in the prevention of COVID-19.”

COVID-19 survey team workers will offer in-person testing this month to households in 180 neighborhoods, which were selected across Minnesota to generate a random but diverse group for research. Volunteers receive $20 gift cards per household. State health officials will contact anyone whose results indicate an active infection.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this summer estimated there are as many as 10 unknown infections for every known case. That suggests that roughly 800,000 Minnesotans have been infected, whether they know it or not — but subsequent prevalence studies around the country have failed to confirm that rate.

Commercial labs from 19 Minnesota counties and nine other U.S. regions are providing antibody testing results to the CDC. The prevalence rate has gradually increased in Minnesota, according to those results, from 2.2% in late May to 4.3% in June.

Diagnostic tests are based on genomic analysis of nasal or throat swab samples and determine if people are actively carrying the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Seroprevalence antibody tests are based on blood serum and assess whether people’s immune systems have reacted to the virus, indicating a prior infection.

The new research initiative comes as Minnesota health officials closely monitor daily COVID-19 activity reports and assess whether the resumption of K-12 and college classes have caused a new wave of cases.

Several indicators of pandemic severity are trending in the right direction, with the current positivity rate of diagnostic testing dipping below 5% and COVID-19 hospitalizations reaching a two-month low this week.

The state on Tuesday reported 238 COVID-19 hospitalizations, including 131 people in intensive care, along with five COVID-19 deaths and 432 coronavirus infections.

On the other hand, the 65 deaths reported since last Tuesday are the most in a seven-day period since late June.

Outbreaks of at least one case have been reported at 67 of Minnesota’s 200 colleges and universities. The state has tallied 868 COVID-19 cases involving students or staff of colleges — though only 164 involved people living on campus at the time of their infections. Twenty-five colleges have five or more cases and three reported 100 or more in the past two weeks.

While seroprevalence studies can help tally the unknown and asymptomatic cases, they also have limits. Nobody yet knows how long antibodies remain and if they provide long-term protection from future infections.

“We’re still learning information about whether that antibody response is fully protective and how long it lasts,” said Stephanie Yendell, a senior epidemiology supervisor for the Health Department.

Some researchers nationally have reported cases of people who don’t test positive for antibodies but show an immune system reaction to COVID-19 in their white blood T-cell counts. That could indicate a broader spread of the coronavirus than indicated by antibody test results as well.

Yendell said the new survey can get at that question by conducting antibody tests on people who previously tested positive for COVID-19. A high positive antibody rate in a county with a low COVID-19 case rate also suggests a lack of medical resources and the need to divert more testing opportunities, she said.

“A study like this is one of the best uses for antibody tests,” she said. “It’s helping us learn about a population, whereas its value is more limited [for] an individual — though certainly there is a lot of curiosity.”

That curiosity prompted North Memorial Health last week to announce it was offering retail antibody testing for an out-of-pocket fee, following a similar announcement earlier in the summer by M Health Fairview.

Fairview had provided 2,538 retail COVID-19 antibody tests as of last week. Of those, 5.63% were positive.

Antibody test results aren’t part of the state’s COVID-19 case tally and don’t contribute to county case rates that can be used to evaluate the safety of keeping schools open for in-person classes. Positive diagnostic tests in the study could inflate local community COVID-19 rates, but Yendell said the state testers are only spending a couple of days in any one location, so the impact should be minimal.

The random survey is modeled under the CDC’s Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response, or CASPER, program. Similar surveys have amassed household information amid hurricanes, oil spills and the Zika virus outbreak. The Kauai health district in Hawaii used a CASPER survey to assess employment status and mental health amid the pandemic.

Yendell said aggregate results from the survey should be reported later this year. Individual results are kept private, and she added that people can volunteer for either or both tests.

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Minnesota COVID-19 briefing: Updated numbers, community spread affecting long term care and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – KSTP

Minnesota COVID-19 briefing: Updated numbers, community spread affecting long term care and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Updated: August 07, 2020 04:45 PM

Created: August 07, 2020 03:10 PM

Minnesota Department of Health officials addressed an array of topics during Friday’s COVID-19 briefing, including an update on state and national coronavirus numbers, the rise in community spread around the state affecting long-term care and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

Numbers update:

MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm gave an update on COVID-19 numbers around the world as well in Minnesota. 

Worldwide, cases passed 19.1 million with deaths just over 716,000. In the United States, cases have surpassed 4.9 million and deaths stand just over 160,000. 

In Minnesota, there were 556 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 59,185 since the pandemic began. Four additional deaths were also reported, which brings the total in Minnesota to 1,640 deaths from COVID-19.

Around 910,000 Minnesotans have been tested, which is about 16% of the state’s population. 

Minnesota sees 4 new COVID-19 deaths, 556 new cases

Community transmission rise/Long-term care facilities:

MDH State Epidemiologist and Medical Director Dr. Ruth Lynfield discussed the increase that the state has been seeing in community transmission and its effect on long-term care. 

Lynfield said that the rising rate of community transmission is leading to adverse effects in long-term care. While the majority of cases in long-term care since the start of the pandemic have been among residents, since mid-June the majority have been in staff. These staff infections are then in turn leading to more resident cases, which are likely to be more severe, according to Lynfield. She said the state’s studies and research are showing increases in large gatherings where social distancing is not happening. 

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: 

With the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally beginning in Sturgis, South Dakota, Malcolm said that Minnesota residents who plan to attend and come back to the state are urged to quarantine for 14 days upon their return.

With the increase in community transmission and the likelihood that there will be events in Sturgis that do not lend themselves to social distancing, it brings great concern, Malcolm said. During a historic pandemic, the event brings people from around the country to a small place, which she said is a large issue.

High-risk groups in particular should evaluate if it is worth it to attend the rally, Malcolm said. 

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Minnesota health leaders warn of COVID-19 clusters at 2 Minneapolis bars – FOX 9

Minnesota health leaders warn of COVID-19 clusters at 2 Minneapolis bars

State health officials are warning people who visited two Minneapolis bars and two Mankato bars, linked to recent COVID-19 cases, to monitor themselves for symptoms.

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9)State health officials are warning people who visited two Minneapolis bars and two Mankato bars, linked to recent COVID-19 cases, to monitor themselves for symptoms.

According to health officials, more than 30 cases have been linked to two bars in Minneapolis: Cowboy Jack’s and Kollege Klub.

In Mankato, more than 100 cases there have been linked to bars, particularly Rounders and The 507.

Health officials say anyone who frequented these locations should keep an eye on their health and get tested and seek treatment if needed.

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Health say they are worried about the lack of social distancing and the use of masks at bars. While younger people might not face as many health effects from COVID-19, health leaders worried about the spread from those patients to family members or others that could be more at risk.

Kris Ehresman with the Department of Health says it’s likely the bars involved didn’t follow state guidelines for reopening.

“One of the things that’s important is that the guidance that we’ve provided for bars and restaurants,” explained Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health. “People need to be seated and they need to be able to socially distance. I think that is really important. I think that in the case of these establishments, that guidance very likely wasn’t being followed.”

Ehresmann says MDH is working with their division that regulates restaurants to make sure restaurants and bars obey guidelines but wouldn’t say if the bars involved with the recent cases would face penalties.

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Coronavirus: Minnesota cases fall despite George Floyd protests – Daily Mail

Early coronavirus testing for George Floyd protesters in Minnesota is showing that one in 70 Black Lives Matter protesters have tested positive for COVID-19 – as a second wave of infections is feared.   

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Minneapolis – and across the country – to protest police brutality in the wake of Floyd’s May 25 death at the hands of white officer Derek Chauvin.

The images of protesters gathering in such close proximity had public health officials urging demonstrators to get tested due to concerns of a potential surge in new COVID-19 infections.  

Early testing of protesters in Minneapolis from last week is now showing a positivity rate of 1.4 percent.

The images of George Floyd protesters gathering in such close proximity following his May 25 death had public health officials urging demonstrators to get tested over fears of a potential surge in new COVID-19 infections. 

Following the George Floyd protests, the average number of new cases has been around 400 a day, which is down from the peak when 700 were reported in the last few weeks of May

The health department set up four testing sites last week specifically for those who had participated in the protests with more than 3,300 people undergoing tests.

Results from about 1,300 of the tests – or 40 percent – carried out at those sites on June 9 and 10 have already come back and show that 1.4 percent of protesters who were tested have been infected with COVID-19.

The seven-day average of positive tests across Minnesota is 3.7 percent. It is higher because it is based on people who have been tested because they are displaying symptoms. 

Currently, more than 417,000 tests have been carried out across the state.  

Not all suspected cases of COVID-19 are tested, which means the data is not representative of the total number of people in Minnesota who have or had coronavirus.   

Based on the current number of infections, about 500 in every 100,000 Minnesotans have coronavirus.

The health department breaks the prevalence of COVID-19 in the state by race. That data shows that 1,500 per 100,000 black people in the state have COVID-19 and 177 per 100,000 white people have the virus. 

Health officials warn it is too soon to forecast if the protesters could be the source of widespread community transmission that could result in a spike in cases. 

The decline in infections comes despite a huge increase in testing. The state is now, on average, testing more than 10,000 people per day compared to the 7,500 tests late last month

Hospitalizations across the state are also now decreasing gradually. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital as of Sunday was at 369, which is the lowest since May 1. Hospitalizations peaked on May 28 with 606 COVID-19 patients

Meanwhile, data from the Minnesota Health Department shows that infections and hospitalizations appear to be gradually decreasing across the state even as testing ramps up. 

The latest health data figures shows Minnesota has had 30,471 infections and 1,298 deaths from coronavirus.

The data shows that the pace of the outbreak has slowed significantly in recent weeks.

Following the Floyd protests after his death, the average number of new cases has been around 400 a day, which is down from the peak when 700 were reported in the last few weeks of May. 

The decline in infections comes despite a huge increase in testing.

The state is now, on average, testing more than 10,000 people per day compared to the 7,500 tests late last month.

Hospitalizations across the state are also now decreasing gradually.

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital as of Sunday was at 369, which is the lowest since May 1.

Hospitalizations peaked on May 28 with 606 COVID-19 patients.

Minnesota has reported 1,298 deaths across the state from COVID-19. Just over 1,000 of them have been linked to long-term care facilities 

While the rate is relatively low, health officials warn it is too soon to forecast if the protesters could be the source of widespread community transmission that could result in a spike in cases

While infections and hospitalizations appear to be declining in Minnesota, it has been spiking in other states like Florida and Texas as most pushed ahead with reopening and President Donald Trump planned an indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Alabama reported a record number of new cases for the fourth day in a row on Sunday. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Carolina all had record numbers of new cases in the past three days.

Many state health officials partly attribute the increase to gatherings over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in late May. 

In Louisiana, which had been one of the earlier virus hot spots, new cases were again on the rise with over 1,200 – the most there since May 21.

Nationally, there were over 25,000 new cases reported on Saturday, the highest tally for a Saturday since May 2, in part due to a significant increase in testing over the past six weeks.

Perhaps more troubling for health officials, many of these states are also seeing record hospitalizations – a metric not affected by increased testing. 

Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas and Utah all had a record number of patients enter the hospital on Saturday. In South Carolina, 69 percent to 77 percent of hospital beds are occupied, depending on the region.

While Utah’s governor announced last week that most counties there would pause their reopenings, most states are not considering a second shutdown as they face budget shortfalls and double-digit unemployment. Many went ahead with reopenings before meeting government infection rate guidelines for doing so.

New York, the hardest hit state, has utilized health guidelines to instruct its reopening and continued to see all measures of infection drop – new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and positive rates among those getting tested.

However, Governor Andrew Cuomo warned New York City and Long Island officials on Sunday that their reopenings were at risk if they do not stop further large public gatherings that he said are threatening progress on curbing the spread of the coronavirus. 

Fears that a second wave of infections is happening – or that states failed to curb their first wave – have prompted health officials to plead with the public to wear masks and avoid large gatherings.

Trump still plans to hold his first campaign rally since early March on Saturday in Tulsa, although those attending will have to agree not to hold the campaign responsible if they contract COVID-19.

Trump has refused to wear a mask at a series of recent public events. 

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Minnesota AG says 4 officers will be charged to ‘highest degree of accountability’ – NBC News

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who has been appointed to lead the prosecution of any cases arising from the death of George Floyd, said he plans to charge the four officers involved to “the highest degree of accountability that the law and the facts will support.”

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who pinned Floyd’s neck to the ground with his knee before Floyd died, is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25.

The three other officers involved in the incident have not been charged.

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Ellison said on MSNBC that he is not prepared to say whether Chauvin should face greater charges.

“We are reviewing the evidence, and we are reviewing the law, and we are going to charge this case in a manner consistent with the highest level of accountability that the facts and the law will support,” Ellison said.

“I can assure you that we’re taking a fresh look at this,” he said.

Determining potential charges for the other officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, will be met with a “similar” process, Ellison said.

Ellison, a Democrat who represented Minneapolis in Congress from 2007 to 2019, stressed that rushing the investigation would not be effective in the long run because he wants to assure he cannot be accused of missing or overlooking any evidence.

“It is essential that this prosecution is viewed as just and fair. I don’t want to have to defend this prosecution from false accusations of rush to judgement or pressure by the public,” he said. “We are reviewing all of the evidence. The public knows some things about the other officers, but there’s a whole body of evidence that we’re still reviewing and so we have to make sure that we look at the facts and the law.”

“This is justice. We’re going on justice and that’s what we’re going to do,” Ellison added. “I know that people are frustrated by the pacing, but I want to assure them that as a person who has dedicated my whole life to civil rights and justice, I am going to pursue justice vigorously, relentlessly, uncompromisingly.”

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Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

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University of Minnesota Curbs Relationship With Minneapolis Police Following George Floyd’s Death – Sports Illustrated

Two days after Minnesota resident George Floyd was killed after being pinned to the ground by police, University of Minnesota president Joan Gabel announced the school will no longer use the Minneapolis Police Department for large events such as football games, concerts and ceremonies.

Gabel also said the MPD would no longer be used for specialized services, like those provided by K-9 explosive detection units, at other university events.

“Our hearts are broken after watching the appalling video capturing the actions of Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officers against George Floyd leading to his tragic death,” Gabel said in a letter to students, faculty and staff. “As a community, we are outraged and grief-stricken. I do not have the words to fully express my pain and anger and I know that many in our community share those feelings, but also fear for their own safety. This will not stand.”

The university’s undergraduate student body president, Jael Kerandi, had issued a letter on Tuesday demanding that the school cut ties with the Minneapolis police department.

“We no longer wish to have a meeting or come to an agreement, there is no middle ground,” Kerandi’s letter said. “The police are murdering black men with no meaningful repercussions. This is not a problem of some other place or some other time. This is happening right here in Minneapolis.”

Floyd, 46, was stopped by Minneapolis police outside of a local grocery store. Video of the scene captured Floyd pinned on the ground as an officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for approximately eight minutes. Floyd died soon after the incident.

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday night for their involvement. Floyd’s death has sparked reaction from the sports world. Houston Texans J.J. Watt called the incident “disgusting,” while former NBA player Stephen Jackson took to social media to mourn Floyd, whom Jackson referred to as his “twin.”

“I’ve seen the video and I think it’s disgusting,” Watt said on Wednesday. “I just don’t see how a man in handcuffs on the ground who is clearly detained and is clearly in distress, I don’t understand how that situation can’t be remedied in a way that doesn’t end in his death.”

The Minnesota Vikings also voiced their support on Twitter, as the incident occurred near U.S. Bank Stadium.

“I write to you to express our overwhelming sadness, and our demands for accountability and justice,” Gabel continued. “Our campuses and facilities area a part of the communities in which they reside. University students, staff and faculty are day-to-day participants in the life of every community in this state, and we must act when our neighbors are harmed and in pain. My heart is heavy and my thoughts are with the loved ones and friends of George Floyd.”

Note: A previous version of this story misstated that Floyd formerly played in the NFL. The man who died in Minneapolis on Monday is a different man named George Floyd. SI apologizes for the error.

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2020 NFL Draft: The Minnesota Vikings and Pick #22 – Daily Norseman

With the 2020 NFL Draft less than a week away, I wanted to carry over a bit of our history series for regular season games and take a look at who the Minnesota Vikings have selected throughout their history with the same picks they currently hold in the 2020 NFL Draft. We’ll start with the first selection they have at #22 overall, the pick they acquired from the Buffalo Bills in the trade for Stefon Diggs.

This is also going to be one of the easier ones to do, as the Vikings have only selected at pick #22 once in team history. The guy they got at that pick, however, turned out to be a pretty good one.

Pick #22 is where the Vikings acquired the services of Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin in the 2009 NFL Draft. Harvin was the fourth wide receiver off the board that year, behind Darrius Heyward-Bey (#7), Michael Crabtree (#10), and Jeremy Maclin (#18).

Harvin made an impact for the Vikings immediately, as he was the recipient of Brett Favre’s first touchdown pass as a Viking, a 6-yard score in Minnesota’s season-opening rout of the Cleveland Browns. He also had a big 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the “Metrodome Miracle” win over the San Francisco 49ers, making him the first player in Vikings history to score touchdowns in each of his first three career games.

Harvin would go on to win the Rookie of the Year Award for his performance in 2009, a season that saw him catch 60 passes for 790 yards and six scores and add in two kick return touchdowns.

Harvin would play four seasons with the Vikings, with his final season cut short by an ankle injury. He was then traded to the Seattle Seahawks during the 2013 offseason for a 2013 first-round pick, a 2013 seventh-round pick, and a 2014 third-round pick. He finished his career with the Vikings with the most kick return touchdowns in team history with five, a mark that was later tied by both Cordarrelle Patterson and Marcus Sherels. He accounted for 29 touchdowns in his four seasons in purple.

Can the Vikings get a player of Harvin’s caliber at #22 in the 2020 NFL Draft? It certainly would be nice if they could.

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