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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.
Details about when boosters will commence and eligibility are yet to be revealed
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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.
Emergency changes in telehealth rules likely to outlast pandemic.
More than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered this month.
Gov. Tim Walz will make the announcement on Friday. Vaccinators will be asked to prioritize shots to those with high COVID-19 risk.
New infections have jumped 9% this month in 10- to 14-year-olds. Officials reported 1,857 new COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths.
All adults will be eligible by May, but shots could stretch into June.
Nearly 21% of states residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose
Four labs now face state investigation, possible administrative penalties for reporting failures.
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 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.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the third vaccine to receive regulatory approval
Nearly 17% of the state's population has been vaccinated
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.
Goal is to get 70% vaccinated by end of March
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.
The number of doses given increased 28% last week
New state vaccination guidelines leave off people with some chronic conditions and disabilities
More than 800,000 Minnesotans have received first doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
Recommendation comes as more children are returning to school.
State will prioritize essential workers and medically vulnerable after 70% of seniors are vaccinated by the end of March
Feds send $3M to Minnesota for COVID-19 vaccination sites
Donation will fund a center for anti-racism health equity research in School of Public Health
It could come within a week after state officials make final decisions about the next phase of the rollout, the governor said.
Nearly 14% of the state's residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot
The hire is part of an effort to eliminate health care disparities and improve patient health.
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…
Recent shift in vaccine priority groups delays shots for those at highest risk, critics say
State health officials say there are promising signs the COVID-19 vaccine is reducing infections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7.6% of state residents have been vaccinated
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.
It does raise questions about the distribution system for Minnesota's seniors, given that some have to wait while others don't.
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.