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As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, we've answered reader question about what they most want to know about the outbreak.
The state health department will ask the Legislature for more resources to continue interviewing those who test postive for COVID-19 and their close contacts.
Since early July, the weekly number of new infections among long-term care residents has nearly tripled, with 172 new cases last week.
Minnesota reported its lowest daily COVID-19 case count in 10 days Friday, with 556 new infections and four additional deaths. The state had been averaging…
Five additional deaths were reported.
Q: Will there be in-classroom instruction for children starting this fall? A: The state’s policy is to encourage learning in the classroom because, apart from…
Gov. Tim Walz is loosening social distancing measures, but some restrictions remain.
Four additional deaths were reported
The 4 million masks sent out to chambers of commerce and other groups for distribution should make it easier for businesses around the state.
Two of the deaths announced Friday were among long-term care residents.
Confirmed case counts have generally been increasing since mid-June.
Kris Ehresmann is no stranger to health crises, and her experience at the Department of Health runs deep.
Minnesota reported another 609 COVID-19 cases Friday, continuing an upward trend that began about three weeks ago. Although daily case counts have risen and fallen…
In the past week, the number of COVID-19 cases among people in their 20s increased 13%.
This week, the state will surpass the milestone of more than 600,000 tests processed since the pandemic began. That's roughly 10% of the state's population, although some people have been tested more than once.
Mower County has emerged as a new hot spot for confirmed cases, with more than 80 additional infections detected this week for a total of 744 cases since the pandemic began.
State officials have offered guidelines for three potential scenarios for the new school year.
Donated by the manufacturer and distributed by federal and state governments, the antiviral drug is still in short supply.
COVID-19 has claimed 12 more lives and has been discovered in another 419 Minnesotans.
Health officials are monitoring the growth in cases, following a gradual reopening of houses of worship and some businesses.
Gov. Tim Walz has loosened restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, allowing for limited indoor dining, indoor entertainment, fitness club usage and outdoor entertainment of up to 250 people, starting Wednesday.
Six of the state's nursing homes have lost more than 50 residents to the coronavirus.
Many people don't enroll in public health insurance programs immediately after they become unemployed.
The number of people requiring hospitalization has fallen since it peaked at 606 inpatients on May 28.
Now 439 nursing homes or assisted living facilities still have at least one case, which at some places could be an infected staff member.
A total of 25,508 people have been diagnosed, although many more cases have not been detected through testing, according to state officials.
Tracking down people exposed to the COVID-19 virus could get tougher following civil unrest; protesters encouraged to seek testing.
In just seven weeks, the additional fatalities have cut into generations and communities, especially the elderly and people of color.
No changes to Monday implementation of outdoor dining, but some restaurant restrictions could be lifted in next phase of opening up economy
There have been 932 deaths from the pandemic, including 759 among residents of nursing homes or assisted-living facilities.
Increased transmission is inevitable when economies reopen, but the big question is whether the increase will be manageable.
In Minnesota, there's been a 70% drop in measles vaccine doses given compared with a year ago, according to state health officials.
The plan includes more testing and health screening, using state stockpiles of personal protective equipment and greater coordination with local health care systems.
Testing continues to ramp up, with 4,189 tests performed, which is an increase but so far state and private labs have not passed the 5,000 mark.
Contact tracers are a vital part of the "test, trace and isolate" strategy that the state has embraced to control the spread of the coronavirus.
The pandemic could last up to two years, according to University of Minnesota epidemiologist Michael Osterholm and a team of researchers.
Testing continues to ramp up with 4,553 patient samples run Thursday, pushing the number of known cases to 5,730.
Increased testing is beginning to capture more of the infections that have spread throughout the state.
Women and men each make up 50% of the state's confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. However, as of mid-April, about 60% of the deaths were in men, the state Health Department said.
People sickened by COVID-19 are most infectious when they are showing symptoms, including fever, coughing and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, much like influenza, and while there's not a vaccine for it, there are ways to cope. The precautions used to fight influenza are the same ones that people should be using to stave off coronavirus and other respiratory diseases.
The most common method of catching COVID-19 is by inhaling respiratory droplets created when an infected person sneezes or coughs, but the virus can survive on surfaces for varying amounts of time.
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.
As case counts surge with more testing, there aren't enough investigators to keep up with the work.
The workplaces will include industrial, manufacturing and office settings that had not been classified as critical industries under the state's stay-at-home order.
Thursday's death count, the highest yet, is the third consecutive day with double-digit totals. Another 221 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, also a daily high.
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, we've asked readers what they most want to know about its impact, prevention and treatment. This is an answer to…
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.
The facilities have been linked to 113 of Minnesota's 160 COVID-19 deaths, but health officials urged people not to be complacent about broader risks.
In an effort to protect those on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19, state officials are enlisting the purchasing skills of Minnesota’s largest…
This marks the sixth consecutive day when 100 or more confirmed cases were reported by state health officials. Nobles County, home to the JBS pork processing plant, had 16 new cases.
While the debate about stay-at-home continues, Minnesota on Friday reported some of the largest one-day increases in confirmed cases and deaths.
Seventeen more Minnesotans have died — a new daily high —and another 159 people tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Health Department.
Another 20 COVID-19 cases required hospital care since Tuesday, including 18 who needed intensive care.
As a result of deficiencies in the METS system, county caseworkers were required to manually review 37% of 624,000 cases over a 15-month period.
Death certificate records reveal the things the state's first victims had in common and what made them unique.
And new research finds that anyone infected with the new coronavirus can be infectious, even those without symptoms.
Schools, bars and restaurants in Minnesota will remain closed to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus now has caused 1,154 lab-confirmed illnesses and 39 deaths.
Primary care visits are down significantly, creating financial problems for clinics but also potentially setting the stage for a wave of patients needing hospital emergency care at a time when COVID-19 is straining the system.
Out-of-pocket treatment costs for some patients will be waived under an agreement announced with nonprofit insurers, along with other moves.
Officials continue to emphasize that the confirmed case count, which included five new deaths in the state, is not telling the whole picture.
Gov. Tim Walz said that finding personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves, face shields and gowns, continues to be a challenge but added that the state is getting more help from the federal government.
Despite COVID-19, blood banks remain open for business and need donations.
New projected health impacts provide the first Minnesota-specific attempt to gauge the burden of the pandemic.
It is another record-setting day for confirmed cases, as health officials have consistently said more cases were expected to be discovered and many other cases are undetected.
Infections have likely spread beyond the 21 Minnesota counties that have confirmed cases, increasingly through community transmission.
Twelve more cases of COVID-19 were announced Thursday, bringing the total in the state to 89.
Legislature fails to pass bill waiving rules on phone, video chats for pandemic.
Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency, limiting large gatherings such as concerts, conferences and sporting events. Five more Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing cases to 14.
Beyond drinking water, the hoax says people can tell if they're not infected by holding their breath for more than 10 seconds without coughing or discomfort.
Minnesota's first COVID-19 patient had been on the now quarantined Grand Princess for a cruise between California and Mexico. Of the 26 passengers who disembarked Feb. 21 and returned to Minnesota, only two had symptoms. One ended up as the state's first COVID-19 case. The other tested negative.
The move was one of the increasing number of precautions being taken in Minnesota amid growing signs of the virus' spread.
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The program appears geared toward the 14 states that have not taken advantage of the ACA option to expand Medicaid to single adults.