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The latest wave of infections is hitting many smaller, rural facilities with staffing shortages.
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COVID-19 has created new barriers to voting for seniors who live in care facilities.
The emergency deployments to the Austin and Hibbing facilities reflect a severe staffing shortage amplified by the pandemic.
Lifting of the lockdown poses fresh challenges for many of Minnesota's 2,100 long-term care facilities, which are struggling to keep the virus at bay amid a troubling increase in cases across the region.
The state Department of Health ordered the testing last week after the Star Tribune reported that the agency had been sending inspectors into nursing homes and assisted-living centers without first checking them for the virus.
Some of the state's largest nursing homes and assisted-living communities have yet to open their doors to visits by family members and outside caregivers, despite new state guidelines.
The state's largest agency is shifting away from operating group homes. The budget cuts were disclosed in a memo to state employees.
The devices, also known as "point-of-care" tests, should help nursing homes move more quickly to treat infected residents and staffers, as well as isolate them sooner before they spread the virus to others.
State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the agency intends to start testing staffers who visit long-term care facilities.
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Testing supplies have not kept up with surging demand, putting greater pressure on an already stretched system,
Faced with an alarming resurgence of the coronavirus in senior living facilities, state health officials are recommending strict new guidelines around when and how these facilities should further open their doors to outside visitors.
Since early July, the weekly number of new infections among long-term care residents has nearly tripled, with 172 new cases last week.
Minnesota becomes the first state to offer housing support services in its basic Medicaid health plan.
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm also cautioned that the virus still presents challenges.
As lawmakers reconvene this week for a special session, elder care advocates and families are renewing their push for new consumer safeguards to protect thousands of seniors who live in lightly regulated assisted- living facilities.
Many programs have struggled financially during pandemic.
For the first time in four months, families will be allowed to visit their loved ones inside senior care homes, as Minnesota health authorities cautiously lift lockdown restrictions meant to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus among vulnerable older adults.
They are the top reported grievance to the ombudsman's office, with 150 complaints lodged between March 1 and the end of June, records show.
A care worker was subjected to epithets, according to a legal settlement announced Tuesday by the state Department of Human Rights.
Dozens of centers have been forced to close temporarily since March, and after months of layoffs and furloughs, there are growing fears that this often-overlooked piece of the social safety net may collapse.
State health officials are seeking to balance the risk of infection with ills caused by prolonged isolation.
Since late March, visitors have been all but banned from nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the state. "It has been utterly heartbreaking," said Jean Peters, a nurse and president of Elder Voice Family Advocates. "People are literally dying of loneliness."
New written notices warned a camp in Powderhorn Park would be dismantled within 72 hours, but the Park Board rescinds its order, averting a standoff.
The sudden evacuation marks the second time in recent weeks that large numbers of homeless people have been forced to leave a temporary site.
Residents and staff of Minnesota's nursing homes are the most vulnerable to COVID-19, accounting for two-thirds of all deaths in long-term care.
Six of the state's nursing homes have lost more than 50 residents to the coronavirus.
Sen. Karin Housley said the agency has denied or ignored multiple requests for information vital to those in senior care facilities and their families.
At a Senate committee hearing, state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm defended the practice.
More than 10,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities have been tested.
The benefit will help alleviate hunger among poor children in the summer months.
The state Department of Health found the homes placed their residents in "immediate jeopardy."
In Minnesota and nationally, the deadliest clusters of the coronavirus have tended to be in large, multistory nursing homes with people doubled up in rooms and separated by curtains.
Advocates have voiced alarms that restrictions are being taken too far.
The practice is drawing strong opposition that such transfers endanger residents of senior homes that are understaffed and ill-equipped to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
For the past two months, there has been little respite for workers.
Citing urgent public health concerns, Metro Transit authorities are moving to contain the spread of a large and growing homeless encampment near the light-rail line in south Minneapolis.
The death toll at the facility — the site of the state's deadliest outbreak since the pandemic began — has more than quadrupled in the past two weeks. State health officials identified multiple lapses of infection-control standards.
More than 40 residents at North Ridge Health and Rehab have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Senior living facilities have imposed unprecedented limits on visitors.
About 540 homeless adults with underlying health problems who have been moved out of shelters and into four Twin Cities-area hotels.
Families said they were kept in the dark about the deadly magnitude of the outbreak.
State health officials say their priority has shifted toward responding to COVID-19.
Catholic Eldercare reported the outbreak in a letter to family members and said it had begun to isolate residents infected with COVID-19 in a designated section of its 174-bed nursing home at 817 Main Street NE.
The crowd of about 80 people included many people with loved ones at St. Therese of New Hope, where at least 12 residents have died since early April.
The expanded food stamp benefits will provide relief to more than 250,000 Minnesotans.
At least 12 residents of a large senior care community in New Hope have died of the novel coronavirus, representing one of the state's deadliest outbreaks of the respiratory illness at a single site.
As the deadly coronavirus continues its rampage through Minnesota nursing homes, public health officials are facing a fresh dilemma.
Minutes into a conversation with her mother, Deana Walkowiak-Olson could not shake the sensation that something was terribly wrong at the large Duluth senior home…
A small shelter struggles with little support to contain a coronavirus outbreak.
As the novel coronavirus tightens its grip, such clusters of tents and sleeping bags are appearing in public spaces — in parks, under bridges and along transit lines — throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
The new safeguards include constant mask-wearing by staff; more aggressive segregation of infected residents and more rigorous screening of workers.
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.
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.
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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."