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Jeremy Olson

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Jeremy Olson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering health care for the Star Tribune. Trained in investigative and computer-assisted reporting, Olson has covered politics, social services, and family issues.


A University of St. Thomas graduate, Olson completed fellowships at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Poynter Institute and New York Times. Honors include a Premack Public Affairs award for scrutinizing a schizophrenia drug trial, a SABEW award for uncovering abuses of meatpackers, and a Casey Medal for examining deaths in foster care. His Pulitzer-winning series on child care led to a decline in child deaths. Olson and his family live in Edina.
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In the seven days ending Friday, the Minnesota Health Department reported more than 8,500 new lab-confirmed infections and 91 COVID-19 deaths. The sta

Minnesota health officials now hoping for a virus wake-up call

Officials said the latest figures suggest an actual increase in viral spread with an increase in socializing. And temps will soon drive more Minnesotans indoors, where viral transmission risk is highest.
U Prof. Jiarong Hong, second from left, and U students tested aerosols as Michael Gast played.

In Minnesota study, U's engineers try to orchestrate a return to concerts

The University of Minnesota is working with the Minnesota Orchestra to study aerosols, with hopes of getting musicians back on stage.
Scott Bodin administered a drive-through COVID-19 test at the Min No Aya Win clinic in Cloquet, Minn., earlier this year.

Minn. reports highest one-day COVID-19 death count since June

Twenty-nine COVID-19 deaths were reported by the Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday along with a new category of probable infections based on antigen diagnostic testing.
The University of Minnesota is leading recruitment for a new COVID-19 antibody trial.

University of Minnesota leads recruitment to new COVID-19 antibody trial

Hope is that purified antibodies from multiple recovered COVID-19 patients will work better than infusions from single donors.
Nursing assistant Monica Brodsky, right, handed McKensie Burreson, of Madison, Wis., a funnel and vial for a saliva test for COVID-19 at a drive-throu

Minnesota to launch COVID-19 saliva lab to find hot spots

Minnesota's COVID-19 testing capacity will take a leap forward next week with the opening of a processing facility that can analyze up to 30,000 saliva samples per day to detect the novel coronavirus that causes the infectious disease.
Cheryl Odegaard, a medical assistant at St. Luke’s Respiratory Clinic, prepared to administer COVID-19 tests to patients in their drive-through test

7 new COVID-19 deaths, 1,150 new infections confirmed in Minnesota

Hospitals report high levels of patient activity due to COVID-19 and other medical issues, but adequate bed capacity right now.
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

Second COVID peak spreading more broadly in Minnesota

The state has been reporting outbreaks in settings ranging from weddings to restaurants to jails to colleges to community events.
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

Second COVID-19 peak spreading more broadly in Minnesota

Minnesota health officials urge heeding safety order.
Albert Gartman, 84, of Forest Lake, was tested for COVID-19 by medical assistant Jeri Sanderson in August at M Health Fairview’s Wyoming Clinic.

Minnesota COVID-19 surges seep into long-term care facilities

Broadening spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus has led to more infections and deaths in long-term care facilities.
Health care workers donned PPE at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul in May.

8 new COVID-19 deaths, 1,276 new cases in Minn.; state unveils new hospital data

New information comes in response to hospital leaders, lawmakers who opposed recent switch in COVID-19 hospital reporting.
Pedestrians walked past a University of Minnesota sign along University Avenue in March.

U of M to join national COVID antibody research initiative

Understanding of antibody response to COVID-19 could offer multiple clues to the future of the pandemic as well as vaccine effectiveness.
Gov. Tim Walz talked with participants in a COVID roundtable Wednesday as it got underway at the Minnesota Department of Revenue building in St. Paul.

Minnesotans share with Walz how COVID has altered their lives

Minnesotans touched by COVID-19 in various ways encourage unity and resolve to get state through a pandemic entering its eighth month.
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

Minn. reports new high of COVID infections from unknown sources

A key indicator in Minnesota's pandemic response is going in the opposite direction.
Health care workers prone a COVID-19 patient on the fifth-floor ICU at Bethesda Hospital in May, in St. Paul.

Fairview cuts will include two hospitals, affect 900 jobs

Bethesda Hospital will shut down; St. Joseph's Hospital will become Fairview's new flagship for COVID-19 care, but will no longer be a general hospital. Sixteen clinics in Minnesota and western Wisconsin will close and 900 jobs will be eliminated.
Travis Smith received his first COVID-19 test administered by Hien Bui Hien Bui during a free testing event at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis

3 COVID-19 deaths, 982 infections reported today in Minnesota

Seven-day admission trends reported by Minnesota health authorities show continued increase in patients hospitalized for COVID-19.
President Donald Trump visited Duluth on Wednesday as one of multiple campaign stops in Minnesota that day. The president spoke at Duluth Internationa

Minnesota health officials assess COVID-19 rally risks beyond Trump

The president was far enough from the crowd at a Duluth rally that it's unlikely he spread the virus to attendees, but the environment presented other risks, an official said.
Several entities partnered with the Minneapolis Health Department to host a free walk-up/drive through COVID-19 testing event at the Abubakar As-Saddi

10 COVID-19 deaths, 1,184 infections reported today in Minnesota

Fewer counties have case rates low enough to recommend all in-person K-12 classes.
Cheryl Odegaard, a medical assistant at St. Luke’s Respiratory Clinic, prepared to administer a COVID-19 test to a patient in their drive-through te

M Health Fairview X-ray analysis helps find COVID

The M Health Fairview innovation was announced amid signs that the pandemic is worsening in Minnesota.
Cheryl Odegaard, a medical assistant at St. Luke’s Respiratory Clinic, prepared to administer COVID-19 tests to patients in their drive-through test

Minnesota tops 100,000 COVID cases; uptick in hospitalizations

State surpasses 100,000 lab-confirmed infections with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Cheryl Odegaard, a medical assistant at St. Luke's Respiratory Clinic, administered a COVID-19 test to a patient in their drive thru testing site on T

Minnesota reports 16 COVID-19 deaths; highest total in a month

Large social gatherings, Labor Day weekend festivities and college and K-12 school classes and events have contributed to an acceleration in infections.
Cheryl Odegaard, a medical assistant at St. Luke’s Respiratory Clinic in Duluth, prepared to administer a COVID-19 test to a patient in a drive-thro

Hospital COVID-19 admissions on the rise in Minnesota

Hospital admissions for COVID-19 have risen to a level not seen in Minnesota since the start of June. The state also reported five COVID-19 deaths and 817 newly confirmed infections.
In March, Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm announced the state's first confirmed case of the coronavirus. With her were Kris Ehresmann, who o

With 2,000 dead, Minnesota considers what it has learned, lost

The milestone reached this weekend is sobering, with COVID-19 deaths equaling the population of Hinckley, Eyota or Warroad.
FILE -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta, on Feb. 28, 2020.

Minnesota mayor disputes alleged gun incident with public health team

Eitzen's Jeffrey Adamson also disputed a report that a weapon was shown to a COVID-19 team.
University of Minnesota freshman Chloe Wienholz, left, of Stillwater, and stepsister Savanna Hatzenbuhler, of Woodbury, carried and pushed their belon

175 COVID-19 cases linked to U's Twin Cities campus this month

The nonprofit COVID Exit Strategy website downgraded Minnesota to its lowest "uncontrolled spread" rating of pandemic progress.
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COVID surveys halted in Minn. amid racism, intimidation

A door-to-door COVID-19 testing survey has been halted due to multiple incidents of residents intimidating and shouting racial and ethnic slurs at state and federal public health survey teams.
The federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., show in August. In response to inquiries about COVID-19 cases at two federal prisons in Minnesota, th

COVID-19 cases spike at two federal prisons in Minnesota

The outbreaks raise concerns that virus will spread beyond prison walls.
Kristin Anderson, a medic with the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 133rd Medical Group, administered a free COVID-19 test to Jimmie Turner, 65, of St

3 COVID-19 deaths, 995 infections reported in Minnesota

More than 7,000 Minnesotans hospitalized during COVID-19 pandemic according to revised state data reporting.
Students walked down Main Street in costume during the 2019 Halloween parade in Anoka.

Group outbreaks in Minn. bring warnings about Halloween

State health officials encouraged following new CDC guidance that discourages parties and candy handouts while permitting no-contact goody bag giveaways.
Several entities partnered with the Minneapolis Health Department to host a free walk-up/drive through COVID-19 testing event last weekend at the Abub

Minnesotans urged to seek testing as pandemic nears 2,000 deaths

The toll of the pandemic includes 10 deaths reported by Minnesota health authorities on Tuesday and 513 infections, bringing the total to 1,979 deaths and 91,422 infections. Surveyors offering free testing were confronted by someone who was armed, raising safety concerns.
Rachel Miller, an EMS with M Health Fariview, conducted COVID-19 tests during a free testing event at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. ] Shari

Minnesota COVID-19 hospital numbers rise back above 300

Disparity in residence type of COVID-19 deaths has evened out this summer, with a lower proportion involving residents of long-term care.
Travis Smith received his first COVID-19 test administered by Hien Bui Hien Bui during a free testing event at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis

High-risk Minnesotans ID'd for COVID-19 prevention

Disparities in COVID-19 illness emerged early, prompting the state and providers to target those at greatest risk of infections and severe cases.
Protective barriers give safety to early voting for voters and poll workers at Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services Friday in Minneapolis.

CDC flip-flop on aerosols won't affect Minnesota's strategy

University of Minnesota mechanical engineers have been at forefront on research of how virus-carrying particles could spread through the air.
Several entities partnered with the Minneapolis Health Department to host a free walk-up/drive through COVID-19 testing event last weekend at the Abub

State's COVID-19 hospital admission rate drops to lowest level in 2 mo.

Key rate of unknown community transmissions of the virus causing COVID-19 increases to 36%
The MDA/MDH Lab Building at the corner of Robert and 12th streets in St. Paul.

Genomic fingerprints help Minn. officials track coronavirus source

Sequencing helps identify spread of virus at outdoor concert, care facilities.
Gov. Tim Walz argued that Minnesota has weathered the medical and economic tolls of the pandemic better than many states.

Gov. Walz proposes benchmarks to end Minn. COVID emergency

Six months after his emergency order, the governor reflected on changes he would make and the strengths of Minnesota's COVID-19 response.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz during Thursday's interview in the Governor’ Reception Room.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on mask mandates, economic recovery, more

Highlights from the sitdown with the governor as Minnesota's emergency pandemic response reaches six months.
Elizabeth Santoro, a medic with the Minnesota Air National Guard 133rd Medical Group, administered a free COVID-19 test to a passenger at the drive-up

9 COVID-19 deaths, 931 infections reported in Minnesota

Health officials want Minnesotans to avoid complacency amid some positive COVID-19 trends.
The Mayo Clinic's Gonda Building in Rochester, Minnesota, in 2014.

Mayo Clinic is going public with own COVID-19 modeling

It is unveiling an online tracking tool that provides recent COVID-19 case data for U.S. counties, as well as advice on how to prevent infections.
HealthPartners headquarters in Bloomington.

HealthPartners part of national study linking COVID-19 to poor birth outcomes

Minnesota rates of poor birth outcomes for women with COVID-19 were lower than national study, but underscore the concern for pregnant women.
Kristin Anderson, a medic with the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 133rd Medical Group, administered a free COVID-19 test to Jimmie Turner, 65, of St

Minnesota seeks volunteers for free tests to size up virus spread

Testing is being offered at different points in September in 180 sites across the state that were chosen to try to gain an accurate demographic sampling.
Rachel Miller, an EMS with M Health Fairview, conducted COVID-19 tests during a free testing event at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. ] Shari

5 COVID-19 deaths, 432 infections reported in Minnesota

Health officials urge parents to keep sick kids at home to try to ward off new school-fueled pandemic wave.
“It was a very tough thing to take in,” said Dr. Nyan Pyae, seen in his Roseville home with his twins, May Hninpwint, left, and Mya Moesett. “I

Minnesota doctor survives 100-plus day COVID battle

Dr. Nyan Pyae received an emotional farewell from HCMC last Thursday, with colleagues lining the hallway as he moved with the help of a walker out of his room.
Liz Horn, a bacteriology laboratory specialist, transferred the patient samples and added them to a buffer solution that will be used to extract purif

State's broad COVID-19 testing under microscope

State labs defend tests; critics question value of finding small fragments.
Researchers found those who tested positive for COVID-19 were more than twice as likely to have been at locations in the prior two weeks where food an

Study finds more restaurant-goers among COVID-19 patients

Those with respiratory symptoms that turned out to be COVID-19 were more likely to report recent dining out activities.
Travis Smith received his first COVID-19 test administered by Hien Bui Hien Bui during a free testing event at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis

Minnesota reports 15 more COVID-19 deaths, 389 infections

Disparity in deaths by residence type has evened out somewhat this summer, but long-term care residents remain at elevated risk.
Musician Matt Browne, hired by Spiral Brewery, performed on a closed downtown street in Hastings, where about 10 restaurants feature patio dining.

Minnesota bars, restaurants 50-50 on COVID-19 compliance

State health officials have warned that outbreaks at bars, restaurants and large group events remain a threat to accelerate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students moved last month into dormitories at Minnesota State University Mankato, where signs on campus reminded students to wear masks to fight the c

7 COVID-19 deaths, 282 infections reported in Minnesota

Case count lowered by reduced testing over holiday weekend, but health officials warn of a risk of an increase later this fall.
HealthPartners filled 1,019 of its 1,500 slots in the national trial of a COVID-19 vaccine in 24 hours.

Local vaccine recruiting halted after adverse effect in U.K.

Bloomington-based HealthPartners filled 1,019 of its 1,500 slots in the national trial in 24 hours last week, at one point crashing the recruitment website.
Rachel Miller, an EMS with M Health Fairview, conducted COVID-19 tests during a recent free testing event at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

2 COVID-19 deaths, 387 infections reported

Impact of Labor Day weekend festivities, resumption of K-12 and college classes, on pandemic won't be known for days.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz put his face mask at the conclusion of a press conference in July 2020.

Gov. Walz asks Minnesotans to heed risks ahead of holiday

Minnesota's case numbers have been inflated by delayed reporting by some labs, but still reflect growth. Officials warned that social activities over the Labor Day weekend could increase spread.
People rode through downtown Sturgis, S.D., during the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on Aug. 10, 2020.

Minnesota man believed to be first COVID-19 death from Sturgis rally

A Minnesota man is believed to be the first death after being infected at the South Dakota motorcycle rally.
Nurse Kathe Olmstead gave volunteer Melissa Harting, of Harpersville, N.Y., an injection as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the N

Minnesotans sought for virus vaccine trial by HealthPartners

Minnesotans now have their first shot at signing up for a COVID-19 vaccine trial — with Bloomington-based HealthPartners announcing Wednesday that it is recruiting up to 1,500 people for AstraZeneca's Phase III study.
Travis Smith received his first COVID-19 test during a free testing event Friday at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. Smith is concerned about

7 COVID-19 deaths, 761 infections reported in Minnesota

Minnesota falling short on three of five targets for assessing COVID-19 response.
Nurse practitioner Sheyanga Beecher posed for a portrait in her PPE Tuesday at HCMC in Minneapolis.

Health worker COVID infections underscore state mask needs

Infections are occurring in clinics and hospitals, but state health leaders believe the majority of doctors and nurses are infected while away from work.
Rachel Miller, an EMS with M Health Fairview, conducted COVID-19 tests Friday during a free testing event at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

6 COVID-19 deaths, 502 infections reported in Minnesota

Deaths of people in private residences reflect continued shift from spring, when most COVID-19 fatalities were in long-term care facilities.
Rachel Miller, an EMS with M Health Fairview, conducted COVID-19 tests Friday during a free testing event at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

2 statistical COVID milestones suggest trouble ahead for state

Signs point to COVID-19 growth statewide — and that Minnesota has overlooked the risk of viral transmission in family and friend gatherings.
Dr. Deborah Birx spoke with media after attending a roundtable meeting with community and state health official.

Birx urges state to buckle down on COVID-19 before winter

Much of the attention to reduce the spread of the virus has been focused on restaurants and public places, but people need to take the same precautions in their personal and family gatherings, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator said.
Cowboy Jack's in Minneapolis received a warning letter in a July sweep.

Complaints spur virus-related inspections for bars, restaurants

State regulators are stepping up enforcement of mask-wearing, social distancing and other requirements imposed on Minnesota's bars and restaurants to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Camille Koivisto waited to be tested for COVID-19 as her information was processed by medical assistant Alli Weihmann at M Health Fairview's Wyoming C

4 Minnesota COVID-19 deaths, 862 infections reported

Low daily death total comes after 27 fatalities from infectious disease were reported in the prior two days.
North Memorial RN Andrea Driskill administered a COVID-19 test to Dominick Brown, 15, in July behind the North Memorial Specialty Center in Robbinsdal

Delayed lab reporting, large events bump up Minnesota virus numbers

Officials reported a record 1,158 lab-confirmed infections with the virus that causes COVID-19, but blamed delayed reporting by one lab.
Kristin Anderson, a medic with the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 133rd Medical Group, administered a free COVID-19 test to Jimmie Turner, 65, of St

Minnesota holds firm on COVID testing after CDC changes

The CDC urged people to follow the guidance of their doctors or local and state health authorities, and to seek testing if they have conditions such as diabetes or heart disease that put them at elevated risk.
Albert Gartman, 84, of Forest Lake, was tested for COVID-19 by medical assistant Jeri Sanderson earlier this month at M Health Fairview’s Wyoming Cl

14 Minnesota COVID-19 deaths reported, including two people in their 30s

Minnesota avoided double-digit COVID-19 death totals for most of July, but now has reported numbers that high on three days in August.
A mostly deserted University of Minnesota campus shown in April. State health officials Wednesday again urged college-bound students to avoid large ga

Another plea for college COVID safety amid more Minn. deaths

Retreat to online classes at three U.S. universities has Minnesota health officials tripling down on their call for caution by local students this fall.
Medical assistant Jeri Sanderson tested patients for COVID-19 on Aug. 13 at M Health Fairview’s Wyoming Clinic.

Minnesota has 17 COVID deaths in highest one-day spike since June

The one-day jump in deaths and hospitalizations came amid other positive signs that the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic might be cresting.
Health care workers got a COVID-19 patient situated in the ICU at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul in May. Death rates for patients hospitalized with COV

Minn. COVID-19 hospital deaths declining since pandemic's start

Decline in deaths as outcomes of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota comes amid new drug therapies, improved oxygen management.
Gov. Tim Walz wore his buffalo plaid cloth mask during questions at a press conference to announce a statewide mask mandate to help slow the spread of

State health officials: Minnesota's declining case growth coincides with mask mandate timing

Minnesota's second COVID-19 pandemic wave is showing signs of leveling off, with 359 lab-confirmed infections reported, one of the lowest numbers in weeks.
Health care workers monitored a COVID-19 patient after proning the patient in an ICU at Bethesda Hospital in May in St. Paul.

COVID-19 study finds racial disparity in hospitalizations in Minnesota

A new study finds that African-Americans in Minnesota and 11 other states are being hospitalized for COVID-19 at a rate that exceeds their share of the population.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota will oversee international clinical trials of synthetic antibody therapies, and whether they can treat COVI

University of Minnesota heads federal COVID-19 antibody trial

Federal virus trial will test synthetic compounds.
Camille Koivisto, of Stacy, Minn., waited to be tested for COVID-19 last week as her information was processed by medical assistant Alli Weihmann at M

6 COVID-19 deaths, 567 new infections reported in Minnesota

Growth in infections causing COVID-19 has leveled off in Minnesota this month.
A mostly deserted University of Minnesota campus shown in April. State health officials Friday urged college-bound students to “lay low” in the tw

Minnesota college students advised to 'lay low' before campus return due to COVID

Campus pandemic response plans will work better if students show up virus-free, health officials warn.
Albert Gartman, 84, of Forest Lake, was tested for COVID-19 by medical assistant Jeri Sanderson, Thursday afternoon at M Health Fairview’s Wyoming C

8 COVID-19 deaths, 738 infections reported in Minnesota

State meeting two of five COVID-19 dashboard targets for evaluating effectiveness of pandemic response.
A new trial at the University of Minnesota is using stem cells to try to suppress the body's response to infection and repair the damage it causes.

University of Minnesota launches stem cell trial against severe COVID-19

As trial began, state reported seven new COVID-19 deaths and 697 new coronavirus infections.
North Memorial RN Andrea Driskill administered COVID-19 tests to drive-up patients July 29 behind the North Memorial Specialty Center in Robbinsdale.

Minn. reports 7 virus deaths, shifts in county viral activity

Minnesota health officials reported 697 new infections, with changing rates potentially influencing local decisionmaking on school reopenings and restrictions in long-term care facilities.
“In order to really evaluate meaningful trends, you need many more days’ worth of data,” said Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director.

Extremes show up in Minn. COVID cases and deaths, but no sign of a trend yet

County data show more variations and fluctuations in viral activity in Minnesota.
A North Memorial healthcare worker grabbed a fresh COVID-19 test kit as a patient drove up at the testing facility behind the North Memorial Health Sp

12 Minnesota COVID-19 deaths reported, 9 in long-term care

Minnesota hadn't reported a daily count of COVID-19 deaths in double digits since July 2.