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Early research suggests metformin, an inexpensive drug used for diabetes and weight loss, can help women infected with the virus avoid serious illness.
After an initial hit, demand for COVID test helps to drive strong results.
"Monoclonal antibodies" given in Minnetonka to help avoid hospitalization.
Despite the decline, there's considerable uncertainty about whether it can be sustained, particularly as more contagious versions spread.
Joint venture that was formed in 2019 plans to open or acquire about a dozen surgery centers in five years.
Officials fear a second wave of more contagious virus strain could emerge.
The count for people with at least one vaccine dose now exceeds 742,000.
The state postponed appointments at some community vaccination locations after severe winter weather in other parts of the country delayed at least part of this week's COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Rochester location fits with the tech giant's Mayo Clinic collaboration.
Mary Turner, president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, will join group focused on health inequities.
After abrupt departure, former CEO will see salary and incentive pay for two years.
Antibodies show promise in virus prevention efforts, not just treatment.
The count for people with at least one vaccine dose now exceeds 525,000.
A COVID death in the family brings home patients' suffering, with the pain of that loss deepening her commitment to her difficult work.
Some providers have not received any vaccine for weeks, the trade group said, adding that the new state COVID-19 vaccine allocation system deprives some rural communities of doses needed for patients.
David Wichmann is stepping down as the Minnetonka insurer's chief executive. Andrew Witty, the head of its Optum subsidiary who worked with the World Health Organization last year, now leads the whole company.
Growth in government-based coverage offset declines in employer-based health insurance.
Scientists are trying to learn more about the coronavirus strain linked to Brazil because health officials don't know for sure if it's spreading in Minnesota.
The glitch wrongly told people waiting for their second doses that appointments are "no longer valid."
The count for people with at least one vaccine dose now exceeds 381,000.
Two weeks after the Department of Health reported the state's first cases, health officials are expanding the genetic sequencing work that scientists perform to document the new strain.
The count for people with at least one vaccine dose now exceeds 229,000.
Pandemic costs hit earnings from the company's health insurance division.
The count for people with at least one vaccine dose now exceeds 174,000.
The new strain was detected in specimens from five residents in the Twin Cities metro area, the Minnesota Health Department says.
Some medical centers are reporting a surprising lack of patient interest in the outpatient antibody therapy, state health officials say.
State officials are watching for a potential increase in cases following holiday travels.
Research will monitor recipients for impact on pregnancy, birth outcomes.
Less than two weeks old, December has already become the second-deadliest month for COVID-19 in Minnesota.
The latest numbers pushed the seven-day rolling average for new cases to the lowest reading since early November.
The state reported a record 399 fatalities last week, amid optimism over vaccine development and emerging treatments and concern about hospital capacity.
Since the virus started infecting Minnesotans in March, the state has reported 345,281 positive cases, 18,059 hospitalizations and 3,920 deaths. The "positivity rate" has been holding relatively steady in the past week, but remains higher than doctors want to see.
In partnership with the drug company Eli Lilly, Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth said Friday it would enroll in the study up to 500,000 people across 46 states, including Minnesota, with at least 5,000 patients expected to receive the monoclonal antibody treatment.
State data show that ambulances during the week before Thanksgiving handled 780 calls — the highest since the start of the pandemic — where patients tested positive for COVID-19, reported symptoms or said they might have been exposed.
Andrew Witty's return after more than seven months working with the World Health Organization on development of coronavirus vaccines comes as UnitedHealth Group weighs impact of virus.
With the latest figures, which cover two days, Minnesota has now seen 304,023 positive cases, 16,423 hospitalizations and 3,521 deaths since the pandemic arrive here in March.
With the latest numbers, Minnesota has now seen 3,476 deaths since the pandemic hit in March. "This is a sad development, but it is not a surprising development," Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said.
The clinic is the first in Minnesota to administer the antibody treatment.
Since the pandemic arrived in Minnesota in March, the state's pandemic tallies include 262,952 positive cases, 14,745 hospitalizations and 3,201 deaths. With the latest numbers, an average of about 13.5% of reported tests have been positive over the past week.
Q3 operating income didn't fully make up for losses earlier this year.
The state is getting 25 staffed ambulances from the federal government to help hospitals transfer patients so medical centers are better prepared for a surge of critically ill patients.
Minnesota is beginning to receive limited supplies of a new COVID-19 therapy that could reduce the need for hospital stays and trips to the emergency…
Health officials stressed the skyrocketing count wasn't due to a backlog or some other reporting anomaly, but rather, the rapid spread of a virus that will likely produce rising death counts and hospitalizations for weeks to come.
The latest reading continues a recent trend of steady increases in the "positivity rate" for tests across the state — a worrisome sign, doctors say, for COVID-19 spread. Newly confirmed deaths included 27 in congregate care settings.
Fairview says the ER closure will have no impact on care for COVID-19 patients at St. Joseph's. Many pandemic patients aren't admitted through the emergency room, the health system says.
Severe spike in COVID-19 cases, deaths has hospitals fearful of falling behind.
MNsure enrollment urged despite ACA arguments before the Supreme Court.
Newly confirmed deaths included 18 in congregate care settings.
Judge says insurer's initial coverage used guidelines "to protect its bottom line."
Bloomington-based carrier joins trend as insurers see fewer claims from patients.
The number of positive cases reported Saturday topped the 3,000 mark for the second day in a row, reflecting a surge that's approaching what is now being seen in Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas.
October's final COVID-19 data release continued Minnesota's recent trend of more virus deaths and escalating case counts.
State's largest pediatric medical center cites financial losses from pandemic, need for efficiency.
Case counts are surging in rural communities like never before. Since the beginning of October, the 10 Minnesota counties with the fastest case growth are all in rural parts of the state.
Doctors fear more deaths and serious illness as big case growth continues.
Newly confirmed deaths included nine in congregate care settings.
The startup is launching fully insured health plans in dozens of states in 2021.
Record number of cases come on high volume of tests.
Third-quarter earnings beat expectations despite commercial enrollment decline.
More than 110,000 confirmed cases have been reported in Minnesota since the start of the pandemic.
Kaiser survey finds premiums rise 4%, with concerns about mental health, surprise bills.
The pandemic has now caused 106,651 confirmed cases in Minnesota.
Humana says it's open to talking with both health systems, but M Health Fairview says seniors should consider changing insurers.
Experimental therapy is the subject of ongoing research trials.
The pandemic has now caused 102,787 confirmed cases in Minnesota.
Rates for individual policies are increasing by 1% to 4% on average.
The nation's largest insurer will sell health plans in 291 new counties, including seven in Minnesota.
State health officials reported Saturday 10 more deaths from COVID-19 across the state, exactly 27 weeks after Minnesota's first death report came March 21.
No numbers yet, but some services could move from St. Paul to Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis-based startup company is now selling fully insured coverage.
The gathering, attended by scores of students, took place outside dorms on the Minneapolis campus.
Among all expectant mothers, Black and Hispanic women are contracting the coronavirus in numbers that far exceed their share of the population.
The state could see a spike with schools, indoor activities — and the flu.
The pandemic has now caused 79,880 confirmed cases in Minnesota.
Infections are occurring in clinics and hospitals, but state health leaders believe the majority of doctors and nurses are infected while away from work.