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More than half of the 24 Minnesotans who have died from the disease lived in nursing homes or assisted-living centers.
Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said her agency will begin publishing the names on its website as early as Friday or Saturday.
As deaths mount, pressure is building on the state to release more. The Minnesota Department of Health has cited concerns that releasing names would violate privacy laws.
In a letter sent to providers on Sunday, the agency said staffers providing adult day services are not considered "critical sector" workers.
Many fear the worst is yet to come, and their loved ones will die alone, with no one holding their hand.
The latest in a flurry of executive orders would provide emergency relief to older and disabled Minnesotans.
The potentially devastating consequences of COVID-19 on the nearly 570,000 Americans without a place to live are starting to raise alarms.
More than 3,500 adults with disabilities have been affected by the closures as providers seek emergency relief.
Legislative auditor's report notes progress but urges stronger oversight of state program.
Already, many of Minnesota's 300 food shelves are bracing for a decline in donations and a shortage of volunteers.
Senior living facilities have imposed unprecedented limits on visitors.
After years of underfunding, Minnesota's state subsidies that help more than 15,000 low-income families have fallen well short of federal standards.
A state Senate committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on a new bill that would impose escalating fines, starting at $158,000 a month.
Thousands do assembly in "sheltered workshops."
More than 47,000 Minnesotans have multiple accounts in the state Medicaid system.
Minnesota has long had among the most stringent foster care licensing standards in the nation. Advocates say the overly strict rules are hurting kids.
The once-lauded Connect 700 program has come under fire for being rolled out inconsistently across state agencies.
Another resident arrested in attack at state-run mental health facility in West St. Paul; others unharmed.
NONFICTION: A New York Times reporter takes a hard look at the problem of affordable housing.
Attorneys argue the far-reaching ordinance effectively bars sex offenders from living in the city.
The Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter has been cited nearly a dozen times for violating rules limiting the use of restraints on patients.
The forecast calls for 3 to 8 inches in the metro area, with heavier accumulations to the south.
The president of the SEIU Local 26 said "differences are still mighty."
Attorneys for the Alzheimer's patient's husband sued the facility, alleging the post revealed private information about the patient's health condition.
Gov. Walz launched effort to help the homeless.
The raise of $100 a month for 29,000 families is the first since 1986.
Fewer than 12% of hires still work in state jobs.
Woman pounded nails into her head that weren't detected for a month.
People with disabilities and their families say the $3 billion program is confusing and arbitrary.
An internal audit at the Minnesota Department of Human Services has found several violations of laws to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the division responsible for a recent series of improper payments.
The number of kids removed from homes because of abuse or neglect fell for first time in 9 years.
Cameras have become an important tool for families who suspect abuse in senior care facilities.
Hennepin Healthcare will be closing its Augustana and Parkside senior care clinics, both in Minneapolis, at the end of February.
Legislators from both parties want changes in the state's assistance program, plus more inclusion.
The group said it will continue to occupy public spaces until officials approve a culturally-specific shelter.
Sober homes can play a vital role, but critics say oftentimes they're just a bed and a trigger for relapse.
The controversial move shifted the balance of power away from insurers and government bureaucrats, and empowered individuals to make their own choices
An exterior inspection of the building determined that the eastern portion cannot be salvaged.
State appeals court rules 3 on staff have immunity.
Leaders aim to open about 150 new shelter beds immediately.
"We are out of crisis" but not finished with reforms, a top official says.
Indian activists end occupation of former Minneapolis homeless camp, vow to keep fighting for more shelter beds
They're negotiating with the city for more shelter beds.
For a second day, American Indian activists occupied the site of a once-sprawling homeless encampment, insisting they will not leave until local officials address their demands for more emergency shelter beds.
Despite city's efforts, more must be done to help the homeless, leaders say.
Rather than helping develop care plans that would allow disabled Minnesotans to live in their homes, counties continue to steer thousands into facilities that promote dependency and isolation.
The department is trying to collect $9 million from counties for mistakes it made.
They're the first major leadership appointments as Commissioner Jodi Harpstead rebuilds trust.
Jodi Harpstead pledged to strengthen internal controls and form an outside advisory council that will include Bill George, the former Medtronic CEO who was once Harpstead's boss.
Prosecutors sought a tough sentence because of the victim's prolonged suffering and vulnerability.
Unlike many anti-abuse campaigns, which reduce victims to impassive caricatures, "Treat People Like People" features people with disabilities as fully actualized humans, with voices and dreams of their own.
Both victims have significant intellectual and mental disabilities, according to a criminal complaint.
The operator's license has been suspended.
What was $48 million in improper payments to chemical dependency treatment providers has now grown into a more expensive problem as the Minnesota Department of Human Services revealed additional failures Monday.
A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, she continued to provide outreach to patients at the hospital until just days before her death.
Legislators leveled stinging criticism at state agencies at a hearing on mismanagement of financial contracts that led to nearly 1,800 violations of state law over the past year.
A top official at the Minnesota Department of Human Services told the legislative auditor that overpayments to two Indian bands are just "one example" of wider dysfunction in the agency's oversight of millions of dollars.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services violated state law with $52 million in contracts and grant commitments to vendors, Indian bands and other state government agencies without proper documentation, according to records.
A $600 million system was supposed to streamline aid for people with disabilities. But instead it's a giant mess.
Jodi Harpstead pledged to fix gaps in oversight that led to tens of millions of dollars in overpayments.
Legislative auditor said the $29 million in overpayments to two Indian bands for opioid treatment was "inexcusable" and called for deep reforms at DHS.
The legislative auditor expresses concern and is monitoring the situation.
DHS said 1,300 people have lost their coverage since the state's new asset-verification policy went into effect last month. Hundreds more are at risk of losing coverage as the agency rolls out the new system statewide through next spring.
Fort Snelling was a site of suffering, trauma for Dakota families in 1860s.
Stacey Vogele was weaving through rush-hour traffic in her white SUV, searching for the house of Sam, a 21-year-old with Down syndrome and developmental delays.…
A few hours can shape the rest of the year for Minnesota families. High-stakes disability assessments deliver critical help, or despair.
Manslaughter is among the charges brought against staff and owner of Chappy's Golden Shores in Hill City, Minn.
With families desperate, thousands are uprooting themselves in Minnesota because they can't get the help they need where they live.
Emily and David Gold keep the small bedroom where their daughter Lizzie once lived exactly as she left it. Her favorite flowered dress hangs on…
Segal founded and led the first nationally accredited pathology lab in the Twin Cities at what is now Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Mohamed (Mourssi) Alfash, who worked within the Office of the Inspector General, alleges he was pushed out soon after he began raising the concerns.
Nearly 8,000 people will receive housing support under the new Medicaid benefit.
Documents suggest DHS knew about Medicaid overpayments in 2015.
Leech Lake Ojibwe refuse to repay $13.3 million in alleged overbillings.
The overpayments, made over a period of five years, were made to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the White Earth Nation to provide Suboxone, a medication used to treat opioid dependency.
Sylwia Pawlak-Reynolds has refused to return to the U.S. from Poland to face questioning, citing a fear of being imprisoned and separated from her infant son, who remains under her care in Poland.