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Glenn Howatt

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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
A COVID-19 vaccine was administered to 6th grader Dorrie Hintz, 12, as she held the hand of her classmate, Ella Fetters, at a vaccination event at Sou

Weekly COVID count rises in Minnesota's pre-K-12 schools

Governor for third day visits schools at the start of classes, urges child vaccinations for those 12 and older who are eligible.
Minnesota officials are worried about more COVID-19 school outbreaks after Labor Day, when most districts start classes, and urge all eligible people

COVID outbreak in Albert Lea schools brings mask mandate

State officials are concerned that outbreaks could emerge in other districts without a mask mandate.
Minnesota’s hospitals report they are at 92% capacity, including patients with COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), traumatic injuries and o

Wintertime virus keeps Minnesota hospitals busy during summer

COVID-19, traumatic injuries and staffing shortages add to pressure on hospitals
Federal health officials recommend people wear masks in crowded outdoor settings where COVID-19 transmission is high.  ] GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@s

Health officials: Wear masks in outdoor crowds

The delta variant is spreading not only indoors but also in outdoor settings
Registered nurse Yvonne Akufongwe gave Jennifer Guiterrez, 15, her second Pfizer vaccine at a community vaccination clinic at Gordon Parks High School

Minnesota health officials hope for COVID-19 vaccine boost from FDA approval

Vaccine hesitancy has waned, but some say they are waiting for reassurance of full regulatory approval
Pamela Kika took a nose swab COVID-19 test on Thursday at Jones-Harrison Senior Living, where she has been a caregiver for 15 years.

Minnesota long-term care COVID-19 cases are on the rise

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.
Fully vaccinated Minnesotans should wait to get COVID-19 booster shots, health officials say.

Health officials: Minnesotans should wait to get booster shots

Details about when boosters will commence and eligibility are yet to be revealed
About 115,000 Minnesotans with weakened immune systems are now eligible to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine shot. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffl

115,000 Minnesotans now eligible for third COVID-19 vaccine shot

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The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice has disciplined an Eden Prairie pediatrician for telling parents that childhood vaccines are not safe. .  (Ana

Minn. doctor disciplined for discouraging childhood vaccines

Four complaints filed against the Eden Prairie pediatrician, including two by physicians
Minnesotans’ general health could suffer if they continue to delay preventive care because of the ongoing pandemic, health officials say. ] ANTHONY

COVID-19 has led to reduced preventive health care in Minnesota

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.
Ti Se, 50, of Mayer received a vaccine at Chanhassen High School last week. The CDC reports 35 Minnesota counties are considered to have substantial o

CDC: Most metro counties join indoor mask guideline list

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.
Minnesotans who get their first COVID-19 shot July 30 through Aug. 15 can register to receive a $100 gift card.    ]   ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@s

Minnesota offers $100 for getting COVID-19 shots

People who get their first dose between July 30 and August 15 are eligible
COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise in Minnesota.

Minnesota virus hospitalizations double in 2 weeks, top 200

Governor promotes vaccine education that will take place in 14 Black-owned barber shops and salons in Minnesota.
Minnesota’s COVID-19 cases are increasing, fueled by the highly infectious delta variant.

Rising virus cases in Minnesota fuel an uptick in hospitalizations

With 47% of state residents not fully vaccinated, public health officials are concerned the delta variant could fuel another surge in cases.
New COVID-19 infections are accelerating in Minnesota but not at the pace seen in other states. However, the rapid spread of the delta variant could c

Delta variant causing 75% of new Minnesota COVID-19 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.
Kris Ehresmann, infectious disease director for the Minnesota Department of Health, is warning people who stayed at the Ramada by Wyndham Albert Lea h

2 Legionnaires' cases linked to Albert Lea hotel

MDH warns people who stayed at the hotel in late June to seek medical care if they're feeling ill.
Most newly vaccinated Minnesotans bypassed the state’s COVID-19 vaccination incentive program. Of about 135,000 first doses administered in June, on

Minnesota COVID-19 vaccination incentives fall short

Most who got shots didn't register for state's prizes.
Archive: Tracking COVID-19 vaccinations in Minnesota

Archive: Tracking COVID-19 vaccinations in Minnesota

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.…
A 15-year-old got her shot at a temporary clinic at the Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul.

Minnesota's COVID-19 vaccine equity efforts to move beyond high-risk areas

As the pace of first doses slows, state officials are preparing new strategies for closing the gaps.
The front entrance of Cambia Hills around the time of its opening in March 2020.

Minnesota adolescent mental health treatment facility closes abruptly

Cambia Hills cites payment dispute with state regulators as reason for closing.
Cindy Lambing of Minneapolis completed her shopping at Linden Hills Co-op in Minneapolis last spring as cashier Sareena Tippett sanitized the checkout

Minneapolis and St. Paul now ending COVID-19 mask mandate

The move comes two weeks after Minnesota's statewide mandate was lifted.
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.
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.
People waited in line for their COVID-19 vaccine in the parking lot at the Hmong Town Marketplace in St. Paul on Thursday.

Minnesota makes progress on closing vaccine disparities gap

40% of first doses still being allocated to most vulnerable communities.
Dr. Brian Berglund, with Allina Health, administered a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to South View Middle School sixth-grader Claire Da

Some Minnesota businesses, areas keep a mask requirement

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.
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.
Maddox Nichols, 13, of Minneapolis, got his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Erin Oleson Thursday at Children’s Minnesota. ] ANT

Minnesota reports 1,306 new COVID-19 cases, 9 more deaths

Minnesota begins first day without a mask mandate since July
Lincoln Schlagel, 13, of Howard Lake, Minn., winced as he got his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Thursday at Children’s Minnesota.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to lift state's mask mandate today

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.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, shown at a July news conference.

Gov. Tim Walz says state mask mandate to be lifted Friday

It comes after the CDC's new guidance on masks.
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm

Minnesota's suicide deaths dropped in all groups but seniors in 2020

Suicides decreased to 723 in 2020, down from 830 the previous year.
Oxycodone-acetaminophen pills.

Fentanyl pushes Minnesota drug overdose deaths up 27%

The onset of the coronavirus last year led many treatment and outreach resources to shut down, limiting access.
Dearest Kotio, right, received her COVID-19 vaccine inside a mobile vaccine clinic in a parking lot at the Seasons Park Apartments on Tuesday in Richf

Minnesota to send 40% of COVID-19 vaccine doses to hard-hit communities

CDC study confirms effectiveness of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines against hospitalization
Jenipher Onsarigo, RN, administered the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccination to women at the vaccination site at the Masjid Al Tawba Mosque, Thurs

COVID-19 vaccination rates fall short in parts of Minnesota

First-vaccination rates still below 40% in eight counties in Minnesota.
Hennepin Healthcare nurse Christine Runyon administered the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Jamie Larson last week at United Labor Center in Minneapolis.

1,197 more Minnesota COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

State could reach 2.5 million Minnesotans vaccinated with one dose this week
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
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
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.

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

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

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.