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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.
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.
Elias Usso did something almost unheard of in today’s pharmacy world. He opened an independent pharmacy in Minneapolis at a time when large corporate chains…
Providers say Suboxone saves lives, but approval process deters many.
The program appears geared toward the 14 states that have not taken advantage of the ACA option to expand Medicaid to single adults.
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.
Minnesota's biggest state agency continues to firm up its executive ranks.
Health Department rules have been on hold since 2018 after industry sued the state.
Walz tells leaders they won't have to pay $10M for DHS payment errors.
Early emergence of B strain has affected kids, but produced relatively few deaths.
Change provides more treatment options for transgender teens in Minnesota.
With most classes out this week, the next front for the flu's spread is likely to be at home or at community events, but the dominant flu strain this season tends to affect children the most.
Investigation after the state's legislative auditor found disarray resulted in no disciplinary action.
Dr. Nathan Chomilo, a respected Twin Cities pediatrician and internist, has been named the state's new Medicaid medical director by the Minnesota Department of Human…
The episode appears to violate Minnesota state ethics policies, and the legislative auditor is reviewing the case for potential conflict of interest.
A breakup has been suggested many times over the past decade, and even this year high-ranking DHS officials have said that it might make sense.
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.
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.
Illness counts rise from national outbreaks involving blackberries and Salinas romaine lettuce.
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.
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.
Gov. Tim Walz says he welcomes scrutiny of the agency.
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.