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Jeremy Olson

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Location: Minneapolis
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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.
Recent content from Jeremy Olson
A sign along the main drag in downtown Alexandria, Minn., on Thursday, April 2, 2020, addresses the coronavirus pandemic as well as the recent disaste

Walz to tweak stay-at-home restrictions

Gov. Tim Walz is scheduled on Wednesday to announce a strategy that tries to take what worked from the current two-week, stay-at-home order but eliminate unnecessary restrictions that contributed to job loss and economic pain throughout the state.
Bikers, joggers and pedestrians struggled to keep their distance as they enjoyed the sun and warm temperatures near the Monument on the west end of Su

Gov. Tim Walz weighs modified stay-at-home order

Gov. Tim Walz hinted Monday that he plans to extend the current stay-at-home order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Minnesota, but with a tailored approach that allows some businesses to resume normal operations.
A stillness has settled over the Twin Cities with the stay-at-home order. Few cars were heading into downtown Minneapolis on Monday morning, though th

Minnesota's response shows promise in slowing virus

Gov. Tim Walz said he will be looking this week for updated modeling and any signs of the infection ebbing before deciding on extend his stay-at-home order.
A doctor who had recovered from the COVID-19 coronavirus infection donated plasma in Wuhan, China.

Mayo Clinic to lead national COVID-19 treatment trial

Mayo Clinic is leading a national trial to use donated plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 as a treatment therapy for others infected by the novel coronavirus that causes the illness.
Modeling by the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota directly informed Gov. Tim Walz and guided his decision to announce the

Virus outbreak puts spotlight on disease data modeling in Minnesota, elsewhere

Modeling by the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota directly informed Gov. Tim Walz and guided his stay-at-home order
Abbott Northwestern Hospital workers formed a line as they helped unload 1,500 flowering spring plants donated by Bachman’s Floral, Home & Garden in

Walz urges against complacency with virus

Two deaths and 53 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday as the the state completed its fourth day of "stay-at-home" restrictions aiming to slow or delay the worst here.
An electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The Uni

U, Mayo Clinic ready COVID-19 antibody tests

The University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic are hoping antibody test could help determine who is no longer a threat.
A technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island. Widescale testing is a critical part

Minnesota virus sleuths looking for COVID-19's vulnerabilities

How the cause of the coronavirus disease has evolved to be particularly infectious.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order lasts for two weeks, with plans to follow that with three weeks of lesser restrictions.

Stay-at-home order now in effect; four Minnesotans dead from virus

Minnesota researchers offered a detailed look at the predictive modeling that influenced Gov. Tim Walz's use of the strategy, saying the move could reduce predicted deaths by up to a third.
The medical team in the intensive care unit at Bethesda hospital in St. Paul prepared Thursday afternoon for its first patient.

2nd Minnesotan dies from COVID-19; state's hospitals are mobilizing

Minnesota's health care facilities are preparing for an eventual surge in severe respiratory illnesses caused by the novel coronavirus. Thirty-one Minnesotans are currently hospitalized; 134 confirmed cases have recovered.
Rachel Miner, 15, left, of Emmetsburg, Iowa, sat with Carlotta Haas, 15, right, a German foreign exchange student from Duesseldorf who had been living

COVID-19 could potentially infect 2.4 million in Minnesota

New projected health impacts provide the first Minnesota-specific attempt to gauge the burden of the pandemic.
Social distancing wasn't much of an option Tuesday in the line for lunch at Sharing & Caring Hands in Minneapolis.

Minn. limits on crowds could last 'well beyond Easter,' Gov. Walz says

With the number of COVID-19 illnesses and the economic cost of measures both rising, Gov. Tim Walz plans to use data to evaluate whether the state's measures need to get tougher or loosen up.
Josh Reiner is isolated from his wife and daughters in the basement of their Edina home as he recovers from a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Local families face test shortages, isolation as pandemic hits home

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused anxiety, confusion and even stigma since its emergence. That includes 235 Minnesota cases identified through testing.
A prototype ventilator made at the University of Minnesota used a common red toolbox tray for its foundation.

University of Minnesota is going 'full-on MacGyver' against COVID-19

A makeshift ventilator made from $150 in parts is one of several ways in which the school refocused its know-how in translational research vs. the pandemic.
Traffic and pedestrians along Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis were few on Wednesday as state health officials continue to ask people to stay h

Walz: Minnesota should see COVID-19 as winter, not a blizzard

Gov. Tim Walz told Minnesotans that compliance with public health recommendations over the long haul will protect the most people. The 77 total cases so far show the growing scope of COVID-19 in the state.
M Health Fairview medical assistants Reece Wallaker, left, and Sandy Graves, put on protective equipment as they demonstrated drive-up COVID-19 testin

Bethesda long-term care hospital in St. Paul to be a COVID-19 facility

The hospital, which had its operations cut this winter in a budget-balancing move, could be a pivotal resource in managing the outbreak, providing specialty intensive care and keeping the infected from other hospitals.
A few people were still moving around in downtown Minneapolis along 8th Street at Nicollet Mall on Tuesday, but nothing near the crowd usually there d

Minn. COVID-19 testing being restricted by a supply shortage

Minnesota's public health lab is restricting criteria for COVID-19 testing after a surge of testing activity that taxed its supply of kits and chemicals. The state has now 60 cases of the viral disease.
Minnesota Gov.Tim Walz spoke Friday with Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and Attorney General Keith Ellison.

Number of Minnesota cases of COVID-19 rises to 21

The news comes as health officials reported seven new cases, including one in a teen, to push the state's total to 21. Authorities are still on the lookout for proof that the novel coronavirus is spreading from person to person.
Deb Hulbert, second from left, director of employee assistance program and employee occupational health and safety, spoke during a meeting of Allina�

Minn. hospitals preparing for coming surge in virus patients

The state's health care institutions have worked together on plans. Still, they worry about the reality of limited capacity. "It won't be business as usual," said Helen Strike, a leader of Allina's incident command team.
Vials of COVID-19 samples were tested by the Minnesota Department of Health earlier in March.

Minnesota now has nine COVID-19 cases, but none outside of travel

Testing has identified the new Minnesota cases — with Hennepin, Dakota and Stearns counties having their first cases. Two large Twin Cities health systems responded with free online screenings.
Vials of COVID-19 samples were tested last week.

Fourth, fifth COVID-19 cases are confirmed in Minnesota

Two more presumptive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed through state testing in residents of Ramsey and Olmsted counties. Both cases involved people who were likely infected during international travel.
Medical assistants Sandy Graves, left, and Reece Wallaker demonstrated with the help of fellow M Health Fairview employee Nichole Brown, right, how to

State confirms 3rd COVID-19 case; person in critical condition

An Anoka County resident in the 30 to 39 age range was likely exposed in another state via contact with global travelers.
Nurse Barbara Sager, an education training specialist, led a class of Presbyterian Homes employees on infection control in response to the COVID-19 ou

Minnesota nursing homes scramble to protect residents from coronavirus

Senior living facilities have imposed unprecedented limits on visitors.
In provided images from the Minnesota Department of Health, vials of COVID-19 samples were tested on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Minnesotan with coronavirus had contact with up to 20 people

Preparations for the COVID-19 outbreak continued in Minnesota on Monday with the legislature working on a $25 million public health plan.
St. Joseph’s Hospital in St Paul.

Fairview seeks partners to save St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul

Partnership sought to transform hospital into mental health innovator.
Vials of COVID-19 samples were tested on Tuesday at the Minnesota Department of Health These are not the samples from the first confirmed case of coro

State reports 2nd coronavirus case, this one in Carver County

The Carver County resident was likely exposed while traveling in Europe.
Vials of COVID-19 samples were tested on Tuesday at the Minnesota Department of Health These are not the samples from the first confirmed case of coro

Minn. virus patient seen as low risk; 42 from state still on ship

A Minnesota couple aboard the cruise liner off California say they "feel like hostages" as they wait for information. And state health officials detail an unusually swift investigation into their patient's contact history.
A helicopter carrying airmen with the 129th Rescue Wing flew over the Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California on March 5. The unidentif

First Minnesota coronavirus patient had limited contact with others

Minnesota's first COVID-19 patient had been on the now quarantined Grand Princess for a cruise between California and Mexico. Of the 26 passengers who disembarked Feb. 21 and returned to Minnesota, only two had symptoms. One ended up as the state's first COVID-19 case. The other tested negative.
Birth control pills, as seen in October 2017.

Researchers recruit Twin Cities women for study on birth control

Study will analyze whether women will safely take birth control pills when they're provided over the counter.
Vice President Mike Pence and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz spoke to the press after Pence visited 3M World Headquarters in Maplewood.

Minnesota preparing for increase in novel coronavirus testing

Minnesota's state health lab tested another 10 samples Thursday morning for the novel coronavirus that is causing a global outbreak and is preparing for an…
Travelers in Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday.

New precautions: 2 MSP fliers in 'self-quarantine' are U students

The move was one of the increasing number of precautions being taken in Minnesota amid growing signs of the virus' spread.
A Catholic woman wearing a face mask prays during a mass in Manila, Philippines.

Tough coronavirus prevention advice: Don't touch your face

Not touching your face is one way to help stop the spread of disease. But studies have found that most people subconsciously touch their faces multiple times per hour.
Governor Tim Walz, MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm and legislative leaders from both parties, spoke to the press after they met to discuss how Minnesota

Walz: Minnesota rapidly gearing up for arrival of coronavirus

Preparations include state testing for the virus, a capability that had previously only existed within the CDC and states that had already reported cases.
Greater comfort in discussing mental illness comes despite an increase in suicides, particularly among older adults.

Stigma of mental illness drops among young adults in Minnesota

Minnesota young adults more open to disclosing, seeking help, survey said.
Passengers arrived on Delta Flight 170 from Seoul, South Korea, the second to last flight from there.

Minnesota officials will have ability to test for coronavirus by next week

Test kits that were initially deemed faulty work after all for identifying patients infected with coronavirus.
A traveler wore a mask while waiting for a flight at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Texas.

Minnesota officials urge public to prepare for coronavirus

State officials dust encouraged people to gradually stock up on supplies so they can stay home if sick, and to follow the tried-and-true advice of washing hands, covering coughs and keeping their hands off their eyes, noses and mouths.
A man wore a face mask in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Wednesday. Americans should brace for the likelihood that the coronavirus will spread to communitie

Minnesota officials prepare for coronavirus: 'Not if, but when'

No cause for panic, but families should take stock of their foods and medicines and abilities to stay at home if sick or placed under quarantine, health officials say.
Hennepin Healthcare, which operates HCMC, will build a new center that will provide mental health treatment for mothers.

New HCMC program helps reduce return visits to hospital for homeless folks

Staff doing more outreach work while patients are still hospitalized.
Professors at Peking University School of Transnational Law will receive training in online teaching from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Mitchell Hamline will train law professors in China on online learning

With coronavirus forcing remote classes, Minnesota's online pioneers will step in.
It isn’t too late to get a flu shot.

Hundreds hospitalized as flu surges in Minnesota

The uptick comes as an unusual early spread of a B strain of influenza, historically tougher on children, has given way to an A strain of the virus.
Yulin Yin, greeted by daughter Emy, said he did a little snow shoveling when he got home on Wednesday.

Minneapolis man relieved to be home after 2 weeks in quarantine over Wuhan visit

The CDC issued certificate of health to take home, just in case he faced uncertainty from neighbors or co-workers.
Dr. Joseph Scalea, right, a transplant surgeon and University of Maryland professor,jump-started work with drones when it comes to delivering organs a

Twin Cities will be part of experiment with drones carrying human organs

The LifeSource organ procurement agency for Minnesota and the Dakotas joins groups in Boston and Las Vegas for the next round of test flights.
MN Community Measurement has released its 2019 clinic ratings, and for the first time it ranked medical groups by the percentage of their elderly fema

Minnesota doctors are now being graded on women's bone health

Clinic report card shows progress on depression and asthma care, but a below average grade on managing bone health in elderly women.
St. Joseph's Hospital in St Paul.

Fairview courts partners to preserve St. Joseph's Hospital

Health system caught between community pressures to curb hospital cuts, financial pressure to speed them up.
Ann Yin and her daughter, Emy, 6, FaceTimed with her husband, Yulin, who is under quarantine after being airlifted out of Wuhan, the epicenter of the

Minneapolis man waits out quarantine after visit to Wuhan

On Monday night, the quarantined Americans on the flight from Wuhan got the news that everybody feared — one of them was infected with the coronavirus.
HealthPartners clinics workers and SEIU members cheered during Friday's news conference.

HealthPartners clinic workers OK one-week protest strike

Caregivers voted to conduct a seven-day strike, beginning Feb. 19, if their demands regarding health care benefits aren't met.
Jennifer DeCubellis

Hennepin Healthcare picks new leader

New CEO Jennifer DeCubellis is praised for her passion and skill in crafting human services solutions.
Abigail Miller, chief medical officer of PreferredOne, and Dale Cook, CEO of Learn to Live.

Online therapy a growing option in Minnesota health care

Online CBT has been proposed as a solution for years to shortages of therapists or to other barriers that make it hard for patients.
The memorial fence out front of Paisley Park in 2018. AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Prince doctor sanctioned by Minnesota Board of Medical Practice

Disciplinary action follows physician's settlement of a federal lawsuit.
The quarantine station at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has been operating for more than a decade to prevent serious infectious disea

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport's quarantine station is on guard

It is part of national effort to screen for coronavirus.
Edina native Lindsay Rubin, 20, (center back) and classmates from Purdue University have worn masks when in public during their study abroad in China

Coronavirus upends study abroad plans for Minnesota students

The University of Minnesota has postponed its China travel, but some other students remain abroad amid restrictions.
Federal health officials announced Tuesday that screening for a novel coronavirus is being added at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

MSP joins list of U.S. airports screening for coronavirus

Federal health officials announced the heightened airport screening on Tuesday along with new recommendations against nonessential travel to China, where the rapidly spreading virus has been confirmed in more than 4,500 infections and 100 deaths.
“We are beginning to be able to count what we were not able to count before, but what we knew was happening,” said Beatriz Menanteau, supervisor o

Teen sexual exploitation a statewide problem in Minnesota, survey finds

Results of student survey a "wake-up call" for Minnesota public health professionals.
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, right, along with State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield and Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann hel

Suspected cases of coronavirus in Minnesota turn out to be negative

Tests by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that two Minnesotans who became sick after recent travels to Wuhan, China,…
An employee sprayed disinfectant on a train in Seoul. In China, efforts to contain the new virus included lockdowns.

Minnesota sends suspected cases of coronavirus to CDC

State and national health officials on Friday announced steps to confront the global spread of a novel coronavirus that emerged in China last month, following the discovery of a second confirmed U.S. infection in Illinois and 63 suspected cases — including two in Minnesota.
Star Tribune reporter Randy Furst wrote about his heart surgery and rehab.

Reporter talks recovery at rock fundraiser

Concert, speaker series seek to raise awareness.
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Child dies of flu in Minn. as season hits schools, young people hard

Pediatric influenza-related death reflects the continued spread of flu viruses across the state.
“You might sort of think, ‘OK, this is a market that is going to shrink now that authorities have caught on.’ Instead I’m seeing the opposite,

Stem-cell therapy, with a growing market, comes under a microscope

Clinics market claims directly to consumers, without solid evidence.
Midwives could save rural hospitals struggling with the challenge of being prepared 24/7 to deliver babies, a new Mayo Clinic study found.

With a shortage of obstetricians at rural hospitals, the answer may be: Call the midwife

In a new Mayo Clinic study, certified nurse midwives provided round-the-clock staffing and coordinated with obstetricians on prenatal care and deliveries.

Audit questions state's medical research grant decisions

Math and clerical errors were found in grant reviewing process, as well as a potential conflict of interest.
Magnuson

David Magnuson, lawyer who helped write many Stillwater ordinances, dies at 78

David Magnuson was a longtime city attorney who combined shrewd legal judgment with encyclopedic historical knowledge to guide the city of Stillwater from its riverfront…
An Amish buggy along Hwy. 71 near Long Prairie, Minn.

Mayo research solves deadly Amish medical mystery

Examining the DNA of four siblings who suffered cardiac deaths while playing or exercising, researchers found a duplication of specific genetic material.
Marijuana at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif.

Minnesota study links pot use in pregnancy to infant health risks

Study : Babies born to users are at higher risk for social, emotional problems.
In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip.

Record drop in U.S. cancer death rate may reflect a series of treatment breakthroughs

Screenings plus innovative therapies have helped push cancer death rates to historic lows.
Minnesota’s first infant death from whooping cough in the last six years has prompted state health officials to warn the public about the bacterial

Minn. officials warn after baby's whooping cough death: Get shots

State's first infant death from whooping cough in the past six years has prompted state health officials to warn the public about the bacterial infection and the need to protect newborns through maternal vaccination.
A baby white lamb named Katie, born just three days prior, gets felt by a fan in the CHS Miracle of Birth Center in 2018 at the Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota family sues State Fair over boy's E. coli illness

Lawsuit coincides with Health Department report recommending additional precautions at the Miracle of Birth exhibit.
Prescriptions of opioids at dosages above new state’s guidelines have been cut in half as well.

Minnesota opioid prescriptions drop sharply ahead of doctor sanctions

New opioid prescriptions have declined 33% since 2016 for Minnesotans who receive health benefits from the state's programs for the poor and disabled.
Judy Nelson rubbed Rocket’s head as he visited her son, A.J. Nelson, 17, of Superior, Wis., in his hospital room. Rocket is trained to comfort and c

U's Rocket on the front lines of service dog revolution in hospital care

The pooch is part of a wave of support animals for individuals and medical facilities.
In this June 9, 2014, photo is a sculpture portraying a wounded soldier being helped on the grounds of the Minneapolis VA Hospital.

Minneapolis VA's PTSD study to probe whether to confront trauma, or not

Minneapolis VA will study how veterans are affected by trauma-focused therapy.
The Gonda Building, which is part of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Mayo will test robotic heart procedure for rural patients

It could pave the way for faster, better cardiac care with doctors working from miles away.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each year, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Flu outbreaks widespread as cases among Minnesota children spike

Unusual early emergence of B strain may be hitting state's children harder.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each year, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Basketball game canceled as more schools report flu-like illnesses

Dozens hospitalized across the state; basketball game postponed in Buffalo.

Closure of Minnesota addiction program for the deaf draws fire from former patients

U of M Medical Center program is one of few in U.S. providing inpatient treatment for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Joel Theisen, CEO of senior care services company Lifesprk, meets with a group of seniors.

North Memorial partners with elder care provider to screen patients for problems

Hospital partners with LifeSprk to help screen, guide patients.
A nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta.

It's an unusual start to flu season as B strain busts out early

B strains typically spread faster among children, but symptoms are similar.