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For the first time since 2019, the number of group home licenses has fallen.
Transplant recipients and those with chronic illnesses worry COVID-19 will continue to spread as more Minnesotans stop wearing masks.
The subvariant, which has been detected in low levels in Twin Cities area wastewater, is 30-50% more infectious than its predecessor, but researchers are still trying to determine whether it is more severe.
Regulators and the industry are seeking regulatory flexibility to address staff shortages.
The tests should be used only at room temperature, and there are ways to tell if the test performed properly.
But health officials caution that new case rates are still high.
Nearly 35% of Minnesota prisoners tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
More than 275,000 new infections were detected in January, but omicron has not caused as many hospitalizations and deaths, due in part to Minnesota's COVID-19 vaccination rate of 64.7%.
Board said a Beltrami County jail inmate suffered from medical neglect that led to his death.
New cases had been falling last month after residents received COVID-19 vaccine boosters
Kris Ehresmann, a key architect of the state's response to the COVID pandemic, will retire in February after more than 30 years at the state's health agency.
Twin City Gardens was placed under state receivership in October because of patient care lapses and financial difficulties.
Health officials are expecting the omicron variant to fuel new cases in the coming weeks.
COVID-19 pandemic has hampered blood donations
Although flu infections are not yet swamping the system, health officials report a noticeable uptick in cases that began in early December and continues to escalate.
More than 200,000 residents took COVID-19 tests in the days before Christmas. The testing labs reported 9,873 positive test results over the three-day period that included Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
With the highly contagious omicron variant accounting for over 50% of new cases, according to state health officials, Minnesota could see an escalation of infections similar to what is happening in many other states.
Tests are a hot item for Christmas this year, but availability is spotty as families seek reassurance before holiday gatherings.
The leadership change comes at a time when the future of abortion rights is uncertain nationwide.
With cases rising, public health officials hope the approval will slow virus spread.
HCMC and St. Cloud Hospital each will receive 22 emergency medical workers from the Department of Defense. Cerenity Senior Care-Marian in St. Paul will become the third long-term care facility in the state to open its beds to hospitalized patients.
Minnesota eighth- and ninth-graders used tobacco less often in communities that set purchase age at 21.
Labor and delivery patients will be referred to United and Children's Minnesota hospitals in St. Paul.
The state is offering $200 to teens who get fully vaccinated by end of November. Those wanting the $200 Visa gift card should get their first dose by Nov. 9 in order to complete the two doses needed to qualify.
Federal approvals of the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 are expected next week.
Twin City Gardens has been cited for violating federal and state regulations during inspections and complaint investigations and had numerous unpaid bills.
COVID-19 cases in Minnesota pre-K-12 schools have dropped significantly with the number of new infections falling nearly 70%. One student and two staff members have died of COVID-19 complications last week.
The shots will be available shortly after federal officials give approval, expected in early November.
New research center will address high rates of heart disease in Black, Indigenous and people of color communities.
The National Guard will also be used to start a new community rapid testing program.
Despite concerns that an upcoming federal vaccination mandate for long-term care workers would lead to resignations, Minnesota nursing homes so far have consistently managed to staff about two health care workers for every resident, although some are temporary employees.
As COVID-19 case surge continues, urban and rural hospitals are filling up.
The increases come as drug overdose deaths in Minnesota reached record levels.
Minnesotans might get shots quicker at pharmacies than at large health care systems, state health officials said, adding that Pfizer vaccine supply is sufficient to meet demand.
The program will help improve child-care worker salaries.
Hospitalizations set a 2021 record with 791 COVID-19 patients. Of the state's 1,206 intensive care beds, 95% are occupied. About 92% of non-ICU beds are full.
Governor for third day visits schools at the start of classes, urges child vaccinations for those 12 and older who are eligible.
State officials are concerned that outbreaks could emerge in other districts without a mask mandate.
COVID-19, traumatic injuries and staffing shortages add to pressure on hospitals
The delta variant is spreading not only indoors but also in outdoor settings
Vaccine hesitancy has waned, but some say they are waiting for reassurance of full regulatory approval
About 34% of facility workers are not fully vaccinated as officials await more details about a federal mandate that workers get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Four complaints filed against the Eden Prairie pediatrician, including two by physicians
Screenings for colorectal cancer and depression were down compared with 2019 and the quality of care was not as good for patients with diabetes, asthma and vascular disease, according to Minnesota Community Measurement.
In the seven-county metro, all counties except Carver are seeing worrisome case transmission rates, in addition to 29 more counties statewide, based on per capita case rates and percentage of tests that are positive.
People who get their first dose between July 30 and August 15 are eligible
Governor promotes vaccine education that will take place in 14 Black-owned barber shops and salons in Minnesota.
With 47% of state residents not fully vaccinated, public health officials are concerned the delta variant could fuel another surge in cases.
Minnesota inched closer to meeting its COVID-19 vaccination goal, with 67.9% of those age 16 and older getting at least one shot, the state Health Department reported.
MDH warns people who stayed at the hotel in late June to seek medical care if they're feeling ill.
Most who got shots didn't register for state's prizes.
Daily vaccination data is not being updated after June 30, 2021. To see current weekly vaccination rates and COVID-19 data in Minnesota, go here.…
As the pace of first doses slows, state officials are preparing new strategies for closing the gaps.
Cambia Hills cites payment dispute with state regulators as reason for closing.
The move comes two weeks after Minnesota's statewide mandate was lifted.
The latest updates on Gov. Tim Walz's coronavirus restrictions, from mask mandates to caps on gatherings.
As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, we've answered reader question about what they most want to know about the outbreak.
40% of first doses still being allocated to most vulnerable communities.
Gov. Tim Walz canceled the mandate Friday but said cities and businesses can set their own policies. For the near future, Minnesotans are likely to face a patchwork of different rules.
Here are answers to questions you may have about vaccines and the state's strategy to vaccinate millions of Minnesotans.
Minnesota begins first day without a mask mandate since July
Businesses will be free to make their own decisions about whether to ask customers or employees to mask up, and Minneapolis will keep its requirement until officials there have had time to review data and consult health advisers.
It comes after the CDC's new guidance on masks.
Suicides decreased to 723 in 2020, down from 830 the previous year.
The onset of the coronavirus last year led many treatment and outreach resources to shut down, limiting access.
CDC study confirms effectiveness of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines against hospitalization
First-vaccination rates still below 40% in eight counties in Minnesota.
State could reach 2.5 million Minnesotans vaccinated with one dose this week
Young Minnesotans account for 23% of new cases
The state's test positivity rate and hospitalization growth rate are also at levels that public officials consider to be warning signs.
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.
Gov. Tim Walz and FEMA announced Monday that shots will begin at the Falcon Heights location on April 14.
An estimated 770 youth who have aged out or are close to it would be eligible for assistance.