The latest COVID-19 case rates show that Minnesota is one of the epicenters in the latest wave of the pandemic.  The New York Times reported Thursday that Minnesota is second in the nation at 75 cases per 100-thousand-residents.  Additionally, 25 counties in the Land of 10-thousand Lakes have among the highest COVID case rates in the country.  The news comes as the Department of Defense is sending two medical teams to work at St. Cloud Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center to aid healthcare officials with the current spike in cases.