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Lack of mask-wearing and social distancing adds to concerns of event in South Dakota fueling viral spread in Minnesota.
More than half of population in Hennepin County has received COVID-19 vaccine, statewide rate rises to 47%.
More infectious variants believed to be causing half of all new COVID-19 cases in Minnesota right now.
Officials ready to boost outreach if interest flags.
COVID-19 hospitalizations rose above 500 in Minnesota for the first time since late January.
State nearing rollout out of retrofitted Metro buses as mobile vaccine clinics to visit high-need areas.
Health officials are promoting antibody therapies to help prevent hospitalizations amid rising pandemic activity in Minnesota.
State epidemiologist commends prevention efforts in Carver County for tapering variant-driven COVID-19 growth.
Latest uptick in pandemic activity underscores the need to vaccinate Minnesotans who are more at risk.
But hope is vaccine will blunt most severe illness.
State leaders urge people to gain first shot available to them amid uptick in COVID-19 activity in Minnesota.
More than 1 million Minnesotans have completed COVID-19 vaccine series, and 37% of people 16 and older have received at least one dose.
Expansion lengthens the line of vaccine recipients by an estimated 900,000 people, but doesn't increase the vaccine supply.
A low rate of asymptomatic infection in vaccinated people could have implications for guidance on masks.
Everyone 16 and older will be eligible for shots starting Tuesday. Some providers will immediately take appointments for newly eligible recipients, while others will focus on the higher-risk population.
Signs of an uptick of pandemic activity continue in Minnesota, where the positivity rate of diagnostic testing increased to 4.7%
Gov. Tim Walz will make the announcement on Friday. Vaccinators will be asked to prioritize shots to those with high COVID-19 risk.
Doctors report less-severe illness when it does occur in patients following vaccination.
Genomic sequencing has found 479 infections with B.1.1.7, 108 infections with new variants found in California.
Minnesota reported its sixth death in someone 24 or younger from COVID-19. Health officials are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations amid progress in vaccinations.
No COVID-19 deaths reported Monday, the first daily report without at least one since April 13.
Declines in mask-wearing and mitigation measures have health officials concerned despite progress and increased vaccinations.
Variant-driven cases in Carver County show how web of infections spreads.
Vaccination progress considered a key in race against COVID-19 as new variants of the infectious disease emerge.
Walz in quarantine says vaccine milestone is a hopeful sign in Minnesota's year with the pandemic.
Gov. Tim Walz is postponing his State of the State Address going into quarantine through March 25 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Walz has not been vaccinated.
Timely second doses urged by Minnesota leaders to boost vaccine effectiveness.
Race is on to vaccinate higher-risk elderly adults amid COVID-19 case growth in lower-risk teenagers.
The latest data show that Blacks make up 6% of the state's population but 3.5% of its vaccine recipients. The the recent expansion to 1.8 million Minnesotans offers a chance to even that out, health officials say.
Actual rate of Minnesotans who had COVID-19 could be 20 to 30% given the number of asymptomatic, untested infections.
Larger group events ranging from high school proms to live Minnesota Twins baseball can resume this spring. Restaurants and bars will be allowed to operate at 75% capacity.
Mayo study offers new evidence that vaccine prevents asymptomatic cases of COVID-19, and resulting viral spread.
A COVID-19 outbreak related to organized youth sports has contradicted otherwise improving signs of pandemic activity in Minnesota. The state reported 19 deaths and 1,096 cases.
State investigation of Carver County COVID-19 outbreak among young athletes lauded for its tracking of viral spread.
Four labs now face state investigation, possible administrative penalties for reporting failures.
Large group of Minnesotans with underlying health problems, key occupations will receive access ahead of schedule.
The state is approaching 70% of seniors with the COVID-19 vaccine, which would allow expansion to Minnesotans with certain occupations or chronic conditions.
Change is the constant as Minnesotans found new pathways to deal with pandemic pressures.
Fairview and CentraCare are among those dropping age criteria to 65 and older as 1.4 million doses have now been administered.
The count for people with at least one vaccine dose now exceeds 836,735.
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.
COVID-19 flare-ups in pockets of rural Minnesota reflect concerns that viral transmission has not gone away.
The Minnesota Department of Health on Monday reported social outbreak data also showing 85 outbreaks involving sports and 23 in fitness clubs and gyms so far this year.
All Minnesotans are encouraged to register for the new online tool.
Minnesota debuted a COVID-19 vaccine registration tool Thursday that will notify all people in the state when they are eligible for shots, and give senior citizens immediate access to a lottery for appointments at three state-operated sites.
Gov. Tim Walz announced that all Minnesota middle and high schools can opt to bring students back for hybrid or in-person learning as soon as Feb. 22, and all schools should offer it by March 8.
Health officials remain concerned about more infectious viral variants amid COVID-19 progress, vaccinations.
The researchers criticized the CDC for acknowledging the aerosol risk last fall but offering no changes in the national COVID-19 response strategy.
The positivity rate of diagnostic testing has dropped to 3.8% in Minnesota. But health officials have cautioned that the progress could be upset by new, more infectious variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Minnesota's little-known network of eight health care regions has become a key cog in vaccine distribution — filling in geographic or population gaps that are otherwise missed by the state's strategy.
Minnesota remains better than most states in pace of vaccination, but will learn Monday from one of the fastest — West Virginia — in Senate testimony.
New modeling forecast shows sustained decline in COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota through May, despite new viral variant risks.
His visit to a school testing clinic coincided with release of a federal school-reopening strategy.
Caps on indoor gatherings such as wedding receptions rose from 10 people up to 50. Restaurants can host up to 250 people up to 50% of capacity and remain open until 11 p.m.
Nearly 600,000 Minnesotans have at least received first doses of COVID-19 vaccine as state seeks to quicken pace.
Twenty-four more COVID-19 deaths were reported, including 13 residents of long-term care facilities.
Walgreens opens pharmacy appointments for senior citizens to receive 8,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses, Thrifty White mostly booked up.
Minnesota's COVID-19 positivity rate has fallen to 4% amid continued signs of declining pandemic activity and rising vaccination numbers.
Gov. Tim Walz announced a one-time diversion of 8,000 vaccine doses not being used in long-term care facilities this week to Walgreens pharmacies. Walmart and Thrifty White also are planning to administer 16,000 doses.
St. Paul woman is HealthPartners' oldest recipient so far of COVID-19 vaccine dose.
The target goal is to vaccinate 80% of the population age 16 and older. Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan endorsed priority COVID-19 vaccinations for child-care workers and said it is too soon to scale back restrictions.
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.
Roughly one in 50 Minnesotans have completed two-dose series of COVID-19 vaccine.
Increases in all causes of mortality in Minnesota in 2020 refute claims that pandemic only killed people who already were going to die.
Health care systems offer new vaccine slots, which get filled in hours, by senior citizens eager for pandemic protection.
A total of 116,928 people in Minnesota have now received both doses — mostly health care workers and long-term care residents who were prioritized.
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.
Mass state COVID-19 vaccination events will be scaled back across the state this week in order to give more doses to medical providers who can reach out to more of their patients.
State health officials were unclear Friday whether pop-up vaccine sites for seniors and a sign-up lottery will continue next week. The state reported 28 deaths and 1,145 infections.
Minnesota is faulted for a deliberate vaccine approach, but the payoff is a low rate of wasted doses.
The positivity rate of diagnostic testing for COVID-19 has dipped back below Minnesota's warning threshold. The state reported 16 new deaths and 1,335 infections, while more than 5% of Minnesota's population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Convention hall at Xcel in St. Paul set to vaccinate 375 teachers per hour.
The more contagious variant was found in a Minnesota resident who recently traveled to Brazil, and underscores the need for continued mask-wearing and social-distancing practices, state health officials said Monday.
Starting at 5 a.m. today, Minnesotans 65 and older can register for nine sites administering COVID shots.
State issues new system for connecting independent practitioners, prioritized for vaccine, with clinics providing shots.