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Glenn Howatt

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Phone: 612-673-7192

Glenn Howatt has been with the Star Tribune since 1990 where he has specialized in health care reporting and data journalism.


Howatt is a recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for a series of stories exposing deaths of children in under-regulated day care homes. He was also a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Local Reporting for a series on Minnesota's dehumanizing treatment of the disabled. He also received the Gerald Loeb Award in 2011 for reporting on the debt collection industry and in 2015 for reporting on the home health care industry, which also received the 2015 Barlett and Steele Silver Award. He holds a master's of science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied urban geography. He also has a journalism master of arts degree from the same institution where he specialized in the use of Census data by newspapers.
Recent content from Glenn Howatt
M Health Fairview nurse Nicole Parr extracted a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine recently.

Live: Latest updates and what you need to know about COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, we've answered reader question about what they most want to know about the outbreak.
Mike Babcock, 38, of St. Paul, received a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine  last month at the Minneapolis VA from nurse Matt Brenner.

1,367 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths reported in Minnesota

Young Minnesotans account for 23% of new cases
Paula McMahon prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as the mass public vaccination program gets underway, at the NHS Louisa Jordan

What you need to know about Minnesota's vaccine plan

Here are answers to questions you may have about vaccines and the state's strategy to vaccinate millions of Minnesotans.
People’s Center Clinic medical assistant Sabah Askar gave Diane Snodgrass her second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the clinic last month.

Minnesota's COVID-19 case rates have grown 25 days in a row

The state's test positivity rate and hospitalization growth rate are also at levels that public officials consider to be warning signs.
Critical care nurses and respiratory therapists prepared to supine a proned patient at North Memorial Health Hospital in December.    ] AARON LAVINSKY

State's COVID-19 hospitalizations almost double February totals

Some evidence suggests that highly infectious and possibly more serious COVID-19 variants are also responsible, sickening those at younger ages who would have otherwise not needed medical care.
Mike Babcock, 38, of St. Paul, received a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine last month at the Minneapolis VA from nurse Matt Brenner.

Minnesota State Fairgrounds to become COVID vaccination site

Gov. Tim Walz and FEMA announced Monday that shots will begin at the Falcon Heights location on April 14.
Keyana Johnson, with children Prodigy and Stephon, had to leave foster care when she was 21 and pregnant.

Minnesota offers financial assistance to older children who lost foster care benefits

An estimated 770 youth who have aged out or are close to it would be eligible for assistance.
The use of electronic devices in patient care, known as telehealth, has long held promise as the next big thing in the industry, but not until the cor

COVID-19 pandemic fuels telehealth expansion

Emergency changes in telehealth rules likely to outlast pandemic.
Nurse Matt Brenner gave Mike Babcock of St. Paul received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday at the Minneapolis VA.

Minnesota tops 1,700 new COVID-19 cases for third consecutive day

More than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered this month.
From left, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota nurses Alison Stumne, Tamara Pierre, Jana Wagner and Kirk Randall filled syringes at a North Memori

All Minnesotans 16 and up to be eligible for vaccine on Tuesday

Gov. Tim Walz will make the announcement on Friday. Vaccinators will be asked to prioritize shots to those with high COVID-19 risk.
North Memorial Health Hospital’s vaccination clinic in Brooklyn Center.

Younger Minnesotans lead COVID-19 case growth

New infections have jumped 9% this month in 10- to 14-year-olds. Officials reported 1,857 new COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths.
Gov. Tim Walz, while touring a vaccination site at the Vikings Training Center in Eagan last week, thanked Amanda Sloan of St. Paul for getting vaccin

Walz: Minnesota on track to meet Biden COVID-19 vaccine goal

All adults will be eligible by May, but shots could stretch into June.
Patients who just received a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine waited in an observation area Tuesday afternoon at North Memorial Health Hospital’

1,107 new COVID-19 cases, 13 more deaths in Minnesota

Nearly 21% of states residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz spoke to Minnesotans Nov. 18 from the governor’s reception room at the State Capitol.

What you need to know about Minnesota's COVID-19 restrictions

The latest updates on Gov. Tim Walz's coronavirus restrictions, from mask mandates to caps on gatherings.
A man used hand sanitizer as he lined up for a COVID-19 vaccine March 3 at the Mall of America. Shots are by appointment only. People are not allowed

Lab reporting backlog adds 138 COVID-19 deaths to Minnesota toll

Four labs now face state investigation, possible administrative penalties for reporting failures.
M Health Fairview nurse Nicole Parr administered a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 19 to James Wells, 73, of Minneapolis at Shiloh T

Minnesota to address racial and ethnic inequities in COVID-19 vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations for Minnesota's Black, Hispanic and Asian populations lag behind shots given to the state's white population. The information comes from 10 large health care systems.
People lined up for their COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday at the Mall of America.

Eligible Minn. family caregivers turned away for COVID vaccine

People who care for relatives with complex needs qualify as health care workers, but some clinics and local public health agencies aren't aware of that.
From left, Gov. Tim Walz watched as Dr. Abe Jacob and John Pastor unboxed a shipment of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday at M Health F

First doses of new COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Minnesota

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the third vaccine to receive regulatory approval
Registered nurse Darcey McCampbell measured a dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine in January at a vaccine clinic site in Brooklyn Center.     ] GLEN STUB

788 new COVID-19 cases, 17 more deaths in Minnesota

Nearly 17% of the state's population has been vaccinated
Nurse Linda Nordquist administered a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to LeAnn Schuerman, 78, of Brooklyn Park, on Feb. 2 at Minnetonka Me

Type 1 diabetes, rare diseases, added to vaccine priority groups

Minnesota health officials also added workers in the court system and some public health jobs after the 70% of those 65 and older are vaccinated by the end of the month.
M Health Fairview nurse Nicole Parr extracted a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 19 at Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis.    ] AARON LA

53% of Minnesota seniors have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

Goal is to get 70% vaccinated by end of March
Medical assistant Angela Figueroa was vaccinated against COVID-19 on Feb. 5 at the United Family Medicine clinic in St. Paul.

Vaccine for at-risk patients is next step in Minnesota's rollout

More than 1.3 million Minnesotans will become eligible for vaccine in April due to underlying health conditions. But new questions were raised by a federal panel Monday that some states were defining eligibility too narrowly.
M Health Fairview nurse Nicole Parr administered a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 19 to James Wells, 73, of Minneapolis, at Shiloh

16% of Minnesotans have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

The number of doses given increased 28% last week
Minnesota seniors wait in lines for the COVID-19 vaccination at the Minneapolis Convention Center Friday afternoon.  brian.peterson@startribune.com

Health advocates warn Minnesota's COVID-19 vaccine priorities ignore high-risk individuals

New state vaccination guidelines leave off people with some chronic conditions and disabilities
M Health Fairview nurse Darcey McCampbell administered a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Loretta Flippin, 66, of Minneapolis on Feb. 1

Minnesota reports 1,156 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths

More than 800,000 Minnesotans have received first doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Leona Murphy, 77, of St. Paul, received a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 5 at a United Family Medicine clinic in St. Paul.       ] AARON LA

Minnesota essential workers, vulnerable get vaccine in April

Once 70% of Minnesota's seniors are vaccinated by the end of March, the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout will move on to those with underlying health conditions and workers who are at high risk for infection.
Minnesota health officials recommended Wednesday that schoolchildren and their families get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks through the end of the

Students, families asked to take COVID tests every 2 weeks

Recommendation comes as more children are returning to school.
Nurse Linda Nordquist vaccinated Jerome Booth, 80, with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month.

Walz set to announce next phases in vaccine rollout today

State will prioritize essential workers and medically vulnerable after 70% of seniors are vaccinated by the end of March
M Health Fairview nurse Nicole Parr extracted a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Friday afternoon at Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis.

Minnesota reports 761 new COVID-19 cases, nine more deaths

Feds send $3M to Minnesota for COVID-19 vaccination sites
Hardeman

University of Minnesota to launch program on health equity research

Donation will fund a center for anti-racism health equity research in School of Public Health
Gov. Tim Walz held a news conference to discuss using state’s new vaccine connector website, especially for minority communities, Tuesday at Shiloh

Walz to announce soon new COVID vaccine priority groups

It could come within a week after state officials make final decisions about the next phase of the rollout, the governor said.
M Health Fairview nurse Nicole Parr administered a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Friday afternoon at Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis to Ha

One additional death reported; 513 new COVID cases in state

Nearly 14% of the state's residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot
Sederstrom

Hennepin Healthcare hires first chief health equity officer

The hire is part of an effort to eliminate health care disparities and improve patient health.
Hennepin Healthcare nurse Alison Grover administered the Pfizer vaccine to Phillip Larkins at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis on T

Minnesota hospitals start outreach to improve COVID-19 vaccine equity

Some Minnesota health care systems have begun COVID-19 vaccination outreach programs to communities that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic.The efforts come as…
Nurse Linda Nordquist administered a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to LeAnn Schuerman, 78, of Brooklyn Park, Feb. 2 at the Minnetonka M

Minnesota falling behind in equitable allocation of COVID-19 vaccine

Recent shift in vaccine priority groups delays shots for those at highest risk, critics say
Gov. Tim Walz had his temperature checked as he entered the Jones-Harrison Residence nursing home in south Minneapolis Tuesday, to highlight the state

COVID-19 cases plunge at Minnesota senior homes as vaccinations ramp up

State health officials say there are promising signs the COVID-19 vaccine is reducing infections.
Linda Kenny, 70, of Robbinsdale, received her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday at Minnetonka Medical Center.

Minn. hospitals criticize state's COVID-19 vaccine allocations

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.
Medical assistant Saido Mohamud used a Sharpie pen to tap bubbles out of a syringe Tuesday as she filled it with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-1

22,643 more Minnesotans get first COVID-19 vaccine shot

State health officials estimate that 9% of the state's population has gotten at least one of the two recommended shots. Among those 65 and older, the number is 23.1%. Minnesota providers will receive nearly 84,000 vaccine doses next week.
Michael Osterholm of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Osterholm: Delay 2nd COVID-19 dose to get more vaccinated

Speaking before a Minnesota House health committee, the epidemiologist said that with many other vaccines immunity protection improves when the doses are spaced out by months. The Minnesota Department of Health said it plans no changes to the dosing schedule.
Susan Murr of South St. Paul closed her eyes in anticipation of her COVID vaccine from nurse Darcey McCampbell last week in Brooklyn Center.

'Closer to home': State has 35K doses for seniors at 100 sites

Minnesota health officials are shifting away from reliance on nine state-sponsored COVID-19 community vaccination sites that opened two weeks ago toward established local providers, long the backbone for delivering influenza and other vaccinations.
Ron Tupy of Apple Valley received his shot of COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Darcey McCampbell last month at a Brooklyn Center test clinic.

Minnesota reports 727 new COVID-19 infections, two more deaths

7.6% of state residents have been vaccinated
Minnesota state officials have launched test clinics at nine sites across Minnesota, including this one in Brooklyn Center, to provided limited vaccin

Minnesota's independent clinics struggle to get COVID-19 vaccine

Six weeks after the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in Minnesota, clinics not part of the large health systems are getting their first notification about where they stand in line, raising questions about planning shortfalls.
Susan Murr of South St. Paul closed her eyes in anticipation of her COVID vaccine from registered nurse Darcey McCampbell last week at the Brooklyn Ce

Some Minnesota seniors getting COVID-19 vaccine in clinics

It does raise questions about the distribution system for Minnesota's seniors, given that some have to wait while others don't.
Dr. Sophia Kim, an internist at North Memorial, drew a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine with a syringe earlier this month.

Minnesota chooses 9,425 seniors to receive COVID-19 vaccine

State officials have begun notifying seniors who were picked to receive COVID-19 vaccines this week by text, e-mail or phone. There were 18 COVID-19 deaths and 851 new confirmed cases Wednesday.
Ron Tupy of Apple Valley received his shot of COVID vaccine from registered nurse Darcey McCampbell Thursday at a test clinic site in Brooklyn Center.

205,000 seniors register for state's COVID vaccine lottery

State officials said that the new system experienced heavy traffic shortly after it opened at 5 a.m. Tuesday, but wait times improved throughout the day.
A Minneapolis VA Health Care System employee recently received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Minn. seniors see mixed results with new vaccine lottery sign-up

Slots for vaccine shots will be assigned by lottery for those who register. The registration window is open until 5 a.m. Wednesday. Minnesota health officials announced another eight deaths and 727 newly confirmed cases.
Sgt. Heath Bird of Plymouth P.D. received his COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from RN Gloria Christensen.

Minnesota pharmacies ask to be included in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout

A key senator said the state Health Department should rely on pharmacies and clinics to help administer vaccine shots.
A Minneapolis VA Health Care System employee received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

34 COVID-19 deaths, 1,237 more cases in Minnesota

Minnesota is approaching 6,000 total coronavirus fatalities.
Sgt. Heath Bird of Plymouth P.D. received his COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from nurse Gloria Christensen last week at a vaccine clinic that drew a visit f

Gov. Tim Walz criticizes feds for COVID-19 vaccine mix-up

State officials had hoped to get more than 60,000 vaccine doses each week from the federal government.
Gettanjali Mittal, right, of Sewa-Aifw, a nonprofit committed to serving, supporting, and enhancing family wellness for the South Asian community, rec

1,640 new COVID-19 cases, 33 more deaths in Minnesota

Vaccination sites are administering 13,000 to 14,000 shots on weekdays.
Plymouth police Sgt. Heath Bird received the COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Gloria Christensen at a clinic for first responders at Wayzata High School on

Minnesota widens vaccine eligibility for clinic 'flexibility'

People who are not in the designated high priority groups can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but the shots will still not be widely available. An announcement about expanding eligibility is expected in a few days.
James Page, left of the Cultural Wellness Center, turned in his saliva sample after taking a COVID-19 test while touring the testing facility Tuesday

43 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,598 new cases in Minnesota

The state vaccine supply reaches more than 558,000 doses
Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the state’s distribution of coronavirus vaccines is dependent on allocations from the federal government. The s

Frustrations build over COVID-19 vaccine delays in Minn. nursing homes

A prominent lawmaker called the pace of the vaccine rollout "unconscionably slow."
Heidi Hartmann, a float nurse working North Memorial’s South Seven Intensive Care Unit in December, comforted Katie Ogundepo, whose mother’s organ

Minnesota hospital ICUs became dangerously full in November

Pressure on available beds has eased, but the threat of more COVID-19 spread hasn't.
A COVID-19 patient waited for test results in the Regions Hospital emergency department in St. Paul in November.

Minnesota's grim 2020 virus toll: 5,377 deaths, 417,832 cases

Another 54 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19 complications and 2,543 have tested positive, closing the book on the pandemic's 2020 impact in Minnesota.
ICU nurse Sam Moder received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth from Sherry Johnson, a nurse practitione

Minnesota prepares for next wave of COVID-19 vaccinations

Essential workers and those older than 74 will be next in line for vaccinations. Because demand far outstrips supply, the shots will continue to be rationed and the general public may not have any access until late spring or early summer.
Minneapolis Fire Chief Bryan Tyner received his first COVID-19 vaccination from nurse Mary Greer of Hennepin Health, along with other emergency medica

At least 38,000 Minnesotans have received a COVID-19 vaccine in past two weeks

The University of Minnesota is to begin a new COVID-19 vaccine trial next week.
Andrea Orest, the statewide health improvement partnership coordinator, handed Jinsey Smith a free at-home COVID-19 saliva test while he waited in

Testing volumes drop as state looks for signs of new strain

Testing volume before Christmas was down by almost a third compared to Thanksgiving; meanwhile, state officials are on alert for emergence of a more contagious virus strain.
Nidhi Joshi, right, watched as her 9-year-old son, Bhruv, was tested for COVID-19 earlier this month at North Memorial’s drive-up testing site in Ro

Minnesota reports 36 more COVID-19 deaths

The state Health Department reported 988 new cases on a relatively low test volume.
Nidhi Joshi, right, watched as her 9-year old son, Bhruv, was tested for COVID-19 Friday afternoon at North Memorial’s drive-up testing site. Joshi

13 new COVID-19 deaths, 1,087 more cases reported in Minnesota

Testing volume was at its lowest in nearly two months.
Paul Krogh, director of pharmacy services for North Memorial Health Hospital, unboxed the 975 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that arrived early

Father-daughter pediatricians among first to get vaccine in Minnesota

It will take time before the vaccines out now, and others in the pipeline, can make a significant dent in the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus.
Nidhi Joshi, right, watched as her 9-year old son, Bhruv was tested for COVID-19 at North Memorial’s drive-up testing site in Robbinsdale.

57 more COVID-19 deaths, 2,170 new cases in Minnesota

The pandemic has now claimed 5,107 state residents.
Nidhi Joshi, right, watched as her 9-year old son, Bhruv was tested for COVID-19 on Friday, Dec. 4, at North Memorial’s drive-up testing site.    ]

Minnesota surpasses 5,000 COVID-19 deaths

The state has recorded more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in just 17 days.
Dr. Sophia Kim, an internist at North Memorial, drew a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine with a syringe Monday morning, Dec. 21, 2020.    ]

Vaccine shipping delay not expected to derail shots for Minnesota nursing homes

Nursing home vaccinations are scheduled to start Monday
Andrea Orest walked along a line of cars in Grand Marais to hand out free at-home COVID-19 saliva tests on Dec. 16.

Minnesota reports 75 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,513 new cases

Daily case rates have been decreasing, with 1,513 new cases reported Wednesday.
Kari Cline, a nurse and manager with North Memorial Team Member Occupational Health, gave a COVID-19 vaccine to a doctor at North Memorial Health Hosp

Minn. care providers question COVID-19 vaccine allocations

A leader of one of the clinics said Minnesota's vaccination plan resembles a "trickle-down" model that perpetuates long-standing health inequities in the state.
ICU nurse Sam Moder, left, received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth from Sherry Johnson, a nurse prac

Minnesota surpasses 400,000 COVID cases

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the state could surpass 5,000 total coronavirus deaths this week.
“I will never again assume that a place that calls itself a ‘care center’ will be committed to caring for its patients,” Laura McCawley said a

How a Minnesota nursing home fell into a COVID-19 black hole

As COVID-19 raced across the U.S., elderly residents in long-term care faced the gravest peril. But little was done, and the virus savaged care centers plagued for years by poor infection control and lax oversight.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.

Gov. Tim Walz delays COVID-19 business closure decision to Wednesday

The order closing bars, restaurants and gyms is set to expire next week.
Tony Bisson, 81, of Maple Grove, rested in his bed at North Memorial Health Hospital’s South Seven Intensive Care Unit on Dec. 9.

94 virus deaths in Minnesota are second-highest total of pandemic

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 3,773 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the pandemic total to 370,968. Minnesota has seen 4,292 fatalities and is on pace to surpass 5,000 deaths by the end of the year.
Critical care nurses and respiratory therapists flipped a patient with COVID-19 upright at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale on Dec 7.

Communities of color skeptical about vaccine for COVID-19

"We have much work to do around getting the vaccine and also addressing their concerns," a Mayo Clinic researcher said.
FILE — In this Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, file photo, critical care nurses and respiratory therapists flip a patient with COVID-19 upright at North Memor

89 more COVID deaths in Minnesota, with 3,523 new cases

Though new case numbers have moderated from high levels in November, reports of new deaths have continued to be high since Thanksgiving.
Kate Van Bergen, a nurse at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale, leaned in to talk to Joe Bisson, 81, of Maple Grove, in the intensive care

Questions remain about long-term effects of COVID vaccines

More studies are required before children, pregnant women and mothers who breastfeed can get the shot.
A North Memorial Health Hospital critical care nurse leaned down to speak to a COVID-19 patient in Robbinsdale.

Minnesota reports 82 more virus deaths, 4,589 new cases

The pandemic has claimed more than 4,100 lives in the state. Since Thanksgiving, there have been 734 deaths, an average of 54 new deaths reported each day.
Cheryl Odegaard, a medical assistant at St. Luke’s Respiratory Clinic, administered a COVID-19 test to a patient in their drive-through testing site

Minnesota could receive first COVID vaccine doses next week

The federal government, which controls the distribution of the vaccine to the states, has told Minnesota officials that the first shipment will contain 46,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.